As Cubans continue to mourn, and in some cases celebrate, the death of former President Fidel Castro Cayman’s leaders Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin and Opposition Leader Hon. McKeeva Bush have extended condolences to the neighbouring country.
They joined the growing list of world leaders expressing condolences to the people of Cuba following the death of the revolutionary leader. Mr Castro, 90, died on Friday (25 November) in Havana. The country has announced nine days of national morning in the wake of his death.
The Premier, in a brief statement Saturday (26 November) afternoon, said it was “with sadness that we have heard of the passing of the former President of Cuba.”
“We will all remember Fidel Castro as the man who brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere in 1959 and irked many American presidents for many years,” the Premier says.
Mr Bush, in a brief comment to Cayman 27 Saturday (26 November) afternoon, offered his condolences to the Castro family.
He said despite opposition, he formalised a gateway between Cayman and Cuba.
“It made complete sense for Cayman to have official friendly relations with such an important player in the regional tourism and general commerce industry,” he contends.
Premier McLaughlin, in his statement, says it was known that Mr. Castro’s health had been declining in recent years and he had passed the torch of leadership to his brother, Raul.
Mr McLaughlin, in his statement, acknowledged the strong ties and “familial relationship” some here have with the people of Cuba.
“We keep in our thoughts and prayers his family and others who are grieving his passing,” he says adding, “May his soul rest in peace.”
The Premier, a regular visitor to Cuba, often goes to the island for cycling with members of the Day Breakers Cycling Club.