Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro’s Visit to Georgia

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Former President of Cuba and revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, died at age 90 on Friday, November 25. Castro ruled Cuba for almost 50 years from 1959 - 2008. During his tenure as Prime Minister, Castro visited Georgia.  

Shortly after the Cuban missile crisis, Fidel Castro received an invitation from the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, Nikita Khrushchev. In 1963, he paid a visit to the USSR, including Georgia. The main subject of the visit was trade negotiations. The USSR expressed its willingness to provide oil at lower prices for Cuba in return for sugar provisions. The agreement also included weapons and arms agreements.

In Georgia, Fidel Castro visited the village of Durifi of Gudauta region. The photos above are from that visit. During the visit, Khruschev displayed one of the USSR’s nuclear submarines to Castro.

President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili issued a statement today stating that he believes that “Fidel Castro will have an honorable place in Cuban and world history.”

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