PARIS: (APP) The legacy of Cuba's Fidel Castro elicited reactions Saturday from leaders and figures from around the world many of whom remembered him as a friend and ally, while exiles in Miami celebrated his death .
Here are some early responses to the passing of the 90-year-old Cold War icon , whose life was defined by his resistance to the capitalist United States.
- Donald Trump -
The US president-elect simply tweeted "Fidel Castro is dead!"
Back in September he commented on the historic rapprochement between the United States and Cuba threatening to reverse the executive orders "unless the Castro regime meets our demands," which include "religious and political freedom for the Cuban people and the freeing of political prisoners."
- Vladimir Putin -
"The name of this distinguished statesman is rightly considered the symbol of an era in modern world history," the Russian president said in a message to Cuban President Raul Castro, Fidel's brother, cited by the Kremlin.
"Fidel Castro was a sincere and reliable friend of Russia."