|Published : 26 Nov 2016, 13:46:46|
Bangladesh mourns death of ‘foreign friend’ Fidel Castro
Bangladesh has mourned the death of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.
The former president and leader of the Communist revolution, died aged 90 on Saturday, his brother Raul has announced.
In 2013, Bangladesh awarded Castro the ‘Liberation War Honour’ as one of the 'foreign friends' for his contributions to the country's struggle for freedom in 1971.
Bangladesh President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have expressed deep sorrow over the death.
In a message the president said, "Fidel Castro's death is an immense loss for the world. He will always be remembered for his revolutionary fight to champion the oppressed."
In her condolence message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recalled the Cuban leader's contribution to Bangladesh's independence.
Leftist parties, including the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), have also expressed condolences.
Castro, one of the first leaders to recognise Bangladesh, had a cordial relationship with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The two met in Algiers during the Non-Alliance Movement (NAM) Summit in 1974, according to a news agency.