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Gerry Adams recalls conversations with Fidel Castro

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams with Cuban leader President Fidel Castro at the opening of a school in Havana on December 17, 2001. Picture by Paul Faith, Press Association  

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has recalled talking global politics with Fidel Castro.

Mr Adams (68) said Castro told him when they met in 2001 that he saw climate change and neo-liberalism as the greatest threats to humanity.

He said they also discussed the September 11 2001 terror attack on New York and Washington and Castro told him that "progressive struggles would never again be won by armed actions" but by "ideas and mobilisations".

Mr Adams is in Havana after attending attending Tuesday's night memorial service for Castro (90) who died.

He said the mood at the service "was almost like a family who had lost a very elderly relative" and regretted more western European leaders did not attend, other than Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras.

Mr Adams also visited a memorial in the Cuban capital to the republican inmates who died during the Hunger Strike.

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