“I celebrate your life, and the joy of having your friendship. You are a tangible example of the love, loyalty and commitment that one can have to defend the cause of the peoples of the world. Happy Birthday, brother and friend!” Maduro write on his Twitter account.
The Army general was a protagonist, together with Fidel Castro (1926-2016), in the attack on the Moncada Barracks (1953), the landing of the Granma yacht (1956) and the guerrilla struggle in Sierra Maestra (1956-1958) against the tyranny of Fulgencio Batista.
Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces from 1959 to 2008, he later became became president of the Councils of State and of Ministers for a decade and took over the top leadership of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) between 2011 and 2021.
As a statesman and champion of Latin American integration, he also stood out during Cuba’s period at the helm of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, when the region was declared as a Zone of Peace at a summit held in Havana in January 2014.
Away from public posts, but not retired from social events, the Army general recently attended the sessions of the Cuban Parliament, held a meeting with the president of Mexico and participated in the parade on International Workers’ Day, along with thousands of Cubans.