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Jamaica joins CARICOM partners in gesture to mourn Castro's passing, flag to be flown at half-mast Friday

Published:Thursday | December 1, 2016 | 7:53 PM

The Government has given instructions that the Jamaican flag is to be flown at half-mast at state offices and national buildings on Friday in tribute to the late Fidel Catro, former Cuban President.

Castro died on November 25.

Jamaica will join the rest of CARICOM in the symbolic gesture of condolence to mark Castro’s passing and mourn with the people of Cuba.

Prime Minister Holness expressed condolences to the people of Cuba and Castro’s family as he led a Jamaican delegation on Tuesday to attend the official private mass for the former President in Havana.

The Prime Minister said Castro was an outstanding leader who though coming from a Caribbean island developing state, has had the greatest impact on world history. He added that Castro will be remembered for his passionate speeches in defence of the right to self-determination.

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

Jamaica and Cuba have strong bilateral relations particularly in the areas of education and health.