Former Cuban President Fidel Castro in better times. (Photo by Jorge Rey/Getty Images)

By NAN Staff Writer

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 2, 2016: Caribbean and Latin American leaders are in Cuba ahead of Sunday’s funeral of former Cuban President and Revolutionary, Fidel Castro. The 90-year-old former head of state’s body was cremated on Saturday but thousands are expected to pay tribute to Castro on Sunday December 4th at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de Cuba, the island’s second largest city and site of the beginning of the Cuban Revolution in 1953. Here are the leaders who will be present:

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

Ecuador President Rafael Correa

Boliva President Evo Morales

Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega

Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe

South African President Jacob Zuma

Suriname President Dési Bouterse

Panama President Juan Carlos Varela

Cape Verde President Jorge Carlos Fonseca

President Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo

President of Uganda Ruhakana Rugunda

President of Namibia Hage Geingob

Greek Prime Minister Alexi Tsipras

Chairman of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne

Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie

Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet

Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Saint Vincent & the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves

Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao

Former Argentina President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner

Brazil former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Uruguay’s José Mujica

Former Spanish King Juan Carlos I

Gerry Adams, the former leader of Sinn Fein, the political wing of the IRA

Algerian National Council President Abdelkader Ben Salah

Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of North Korea

Actor Danny Glover

Those who will be absent are:

Russian President Vladimir Putin

China’s President Xi Jinping

North Korean leader Kim Jung-un

UK Prime Minister Theresa May

France’s President Francois Hollande

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang who is sending National Assembly chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Nga in his place.

US President Obama who is sending an unofficial U.S. delegation.

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