Havana, December 5, 2013
Honorable Mr. Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma
President of the Republic of South Africa
With profound sorrow, I send you our heartfelt condolences on the occasion of our dear friend Nelson Mandela’s death, in the name of the Cuban people and government, which we extend as well to his family, the African National Congress and the entire nation.
Mandela will be remembered for the stature of his example, the greatness of his work and the firmness of his principles in the struggle against apartheid, and for his invaluable contribution to the construction of a new South Africa.
We afford him profound respect and admiration, not only in recognition of what he did for his people, but for the faithful friendship he showed our country.
We will never be able to speak of Mandela in the past tense.
Accept, honorable President, this expression of my immense consideration and esteem.
Raúl Castro Ruz
President of the Republic of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers