PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – The President of the Republic, Jocelerme Privert, accompanied by the First Lady will leave Haiti on Friday in the direction of Santiago, Cuba to attend the state funeral of the late Cuban President Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, Sunday.
According to the National Palace, President Privert has been “deeply affected by the death of the one who was nicknamed ‘Commander of the Cuban Revolution’. The Palace also says his presence on this “sad occasion, is on behalf of the Haitian people, all his sympathies to the Castro family, the government and people of Cuba.”
The Head of State will return to Port-au-Prince Monday, December 5, 2016.
On Monday, November 28, the Head of State paid a visit to the Cuban Embassy in Peguy-ville, a district of Port-au-Prince. He expressed the same sympathies to the Cuban people and signed the Book of Condolences that was opened for Haitian dignitaries and citizens alike.
The Head of Stae learned with “consternation” Saturday morning of the passing of Castro late Friday, November 25 in Havana. He issued a statement saying that “on behalf of the Government and the people of Haiti, President Jocelerme Privert extends his deepest sympathies to the Cuban people.”
The statement added:
After more than four decades of the Supreme Judiciary of Cuba, the Commander-in-Chief of the Cuban Revolution resigned as head of state in 2006 for his brother Raul Castro.
President Privert salutes the memory and the journey of this emblematic Head of State and reiterates the solidarity of the Haitian people with the Cuban people.