World leaders hail late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro By Brian Ang | Nov 29, 2016 09:51 AM EST While a lot of Miami-based Cuban-Americans danced in celebration following the death of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, leaders across the globe expressed their sympathy for his demise. This after Cuban President Raul Castro, younger brother of Fidel, announced the passing of the world's most iconic communist leader on Friday. Outgoing US President Barack Obama has reached out to the Cuban people and has offered his condolences to the family of Castro. But President-elect Donald Trump has simply posted on Twitter, "Fidel Castro is dead." However, it is expected that an official comment from him will soon reveal his true thoughts about the dictator. Aside from calling Castro as Russia's true and dependable friend, President Vladimir Putin has hailed the former Cuban leader as both influential and inspirational figure in the eyes of many. Watch video Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India grieve the passing of a great friend. On Twitter, President Enrique Nieto assumed a more statesmanlike post when he stated that Castro has reinforced bilateral relations with Mexico through solidarity, dialogue and respect. Pope Francis offered his sense of grief to Raul Castro in a telegram bearing his signature. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has cited the former President as a legendary revolutionary and orator. In a message broadcasted on CCTV, Chinese leader Xi Jinping has immortalized the contributions of Castro to global socialism. Meantime, UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon has expressed his deepest condolences to the Cuban people. On CBS News, President Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador has cited the Cuban leader as an eternal companion while Venezuelan leader Nicolas Marudo has called the Comandante's demise a passing into immortality. After nine days of national mourning, Fidel Castro's ashes will be laid to rest at Santiago de Cuba's Santa Ifigenia cemetery on Dec. 4.