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Holness, Simpson Miller in Cuba for Castro memorial events

Published:Tuesday | November 29, 2016 | 6:49 PM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is part of a delegation attending the official private mass for foreign dignitaries for the former President of the Republic of Cuba, Fidel Castro.

The mass will begin at 7 o’clock this evening at the Jose Marti Revolution Square in the capital, Havana.

The members of the Jamaican delegation include, Speaker of the House of Representatives Pearnel Charles and President of the Senate, Tom Tavares Finson.

Castro died on Friday at age 90 years old.

Cuba is observing a period of national mourning which will end on December 4.

During the period the Cuban flag will be flown at half-mast in Cuba and at its missions across the world including Jamaica.

The Cuban Embassy in Kingston has opened a condolence book for members of the public to sign.

Prime Minister Holness returns to the island tonight.

IN PHOTO: Simpson Miller

Meanwhile, Opposition leader, Portia Simpson Miller has also led a delegation to Cuba to attend the Official Service of Thanksgiving.

Other members of the delegation include People’s National Party General Secretary, Paul Burke, Member of Parliament and Leader of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives, Phillip Paulwell, and co-chair of the Friends of Cuba Group, Pamela Redwood.

They return to Jamaica tomorrow.