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Obama offers condolences after Castro’s death

President Obama met with Cuban President Raul Castro during Obama’s visit to Havana on March 21, 2016.
President Obama met with Cuban President Raul Castro during Obama’s visit to Havana on March 21, 2016. Associated Press

President Obama released a statement Saturday morning after Cuba announced Friday night that former leader Fidel Castro had died at age 90.

“During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends — bonds of family, culture, commerce, and common humanity.

“We know that this moment fills Cubans — in Cuba and in the United States — with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.

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“Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people. In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America.”