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Namibia granted the Order of Welwitschia to the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz.
According to Granma news daily, on the occasion of the 18th anniversary of the independence of Namibia, the medal was presented by Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba to Cuban Army Corps General Leopoldo Cintra Frias during a ceremony held on Sunday in Windhoek, the Namibian capital.

During the ceremony, Cintra Frias said that this medal represents the gratitude of the Namibian people and added that it is a well deserved homage to all Cuban internationalists who died fighting in Africa and to the Cuban people, in general.

He also recalled the importance of the triumph of Cuban and Angolan troops in the battle of Cuito Cuanavale against South African troops 20 years ago, which not only was a landmark in Angola's sovereignty but also contributed to the independence of Namibia and the end of the Apartheid regime in South Africa.


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