In a measure of the respect for Mandela's legacy, traditional adversaries such as Cuba and the United States are setting aside their differences
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg Monday, where he called Nelson Mandela a ‘giant for justice’ whose ‘mighty life’ touched millions.
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama depart Joint Base Andrews in Washington en route to Johannesburg December 9, 2013. Already on board: Former president George W. Bush and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, centre, with former Brazilian presidents, from left, José Sarney (1985-1990), Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2003-2010), Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1995-2002) and Fernando Collor de Mello (1990-1992). Brazil has decreed seven days of mourning in honour of Mr. Mandela.
Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao hosts a welcoming ceremony for U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, December 4, 2013.
Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba delivers his speech during an inauguration ceremony in Windhoek, Monday March 21, 2005. (AP Photo/Alwyn van Zyl)
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Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, left, who is leading an Indian delegation that includes Sonia Gandhi, called Mr. Mandela the ‘last of the giants who led the world’s struggles against colonialism.’
Cuba’s President Raul Castro, earlier this year. Cuban authorities decreed three days of national mourning in tribute to Mr. Mandela, a ‘close friend’ of Cuba, where he paid one of his first foreign visits after he was released from 27 years in prison for anti-apartheid activities.
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