OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE
Saleh Raafat, member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization's Executive Committee. Photo: Jose M. Correa

"Sadness reigned throughout Palestinian territory as it did among the Cuban people," said Saleh Raafat, member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization's Executive Committee, referring top the death of Cuba's Comandante Fidel Castro.

In a brief interview with Granma, Raafat commented, "Fidel had an extraordinary life in which he fiercely defended the dignity of his people, his homeland, and the worldwide causes of liberty, justice, reason and peace. He has been a symbol of the struggle for national dignity and has taken the side of the just causes of people."

"I am bearing a message for President Raúl Castro from our President Mahmud Abás and the Palestinian people," he added, expressing his most heartfelt condolences for the death of the historic leader and great friend, Fidel Castro, in the name of the Palestinian state and people.

"We have suffered a great loss, but at the same time, we are confident that President Raúl and the Communist Party of Cuba will continue along the same path he initiated," Raafat continued.

"For Fidel, the Palestinian cause was a Cuban cause. This position of the

Comandante en Jefe condemning Zionism and the Israeli occupation, his support for the creation of an independent state, will never be forgotten by our people," he concluded.