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The president of Haiti, Jocelerme Privert said Sunday in Santiago, Cuba that the Cuban people are not alone in their grief over the death of the leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, for Haitians and all peoples of the earth also cry .

Fidel was not only a leader of the island, but also a world leader, said the president, who arrived on December 2nd to Cuba to participate in the posthumous tribute to the former Commander in the Plaza of the Revolution Antonio Maceo Grajales in Santiago de Cuba .

Haiti's president to attend Fidel Castro's funeral in Cuba


In an exclusive interview with the Cuban News Agency, Privert expressed solidarity with the Greater Antilles and used the occasion to send condolences for what he described as "immeasurable loss for Latin America."

He said he could not miss the tribute to the leader and witness the deepest respect, recognition, friendship and gratitude of the Haitian people to Fidel and the Cuban people.

He regretted not having personally known the Commander, although he said he has been four times on the island, the last on the occasion of the Seventh Summit of the Association of Caribbean States, held in Havana last June.

He wanted to shake hands with that icon of humanity, he added.

He recalled that at a time when the prevailing fear in the region, was Cuba and Haiti broken relationships, and how much it meant that once a football team of the island travel to his country, which was an event for young Haitians.

In 1996 during the presidency of Jean-Bertrand Aristide diplomatic ties were restored, a new form of relationship, collaboration and friendship with the Cuban people opened, the President said.

He said that doctors first arrived in Haiti at that time, and recalled them visiting the south of the country. "I was fortunate to receive the doctors."

He stressed that the presence of doctors, he understood  it as the commitment of young people of the island with the Haitian people and the valuable assistance they provided there, where, he agreed, working conditions are usually not ideal to carry out their mission.

Jocelerme Privert said he was admired by the West Indian medical aid workers, not only in health, but also in areas of education, infrastructure, agriculture, and continue to contribute to the development of their country.
After Matthew some countries gave aid, humanitarian assistance, medicines, food, water, building materials, but Cuba gave us the most important, human capital to avoid the inevitable spread of cholera by disasters caused by the hurricane, precise.

The Haitian president is on the island to participate in the tribute to Fidel, whose ashes will be deposited in the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in Santiago de Cuba, to accompany the altarpiece of heroes of the Fatherland resting in the cemetery, such as the National Hero Jose Martí; Father of the Homeland, Carlos Manuel de Cespedes; and Frank País, the Moncada and 52 generals of the struggle for the independence of Cuba.