With this tribute, the Cuban president's visit to Iran concluded. Photo: Revolution Studios.

TEHRAN.- "For the Cuban delegation visiting the sister Islamic Republic of Iran, it is an exciting moment to visit this beloved place where tribute is paid to the leader of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini."

This was written by the first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, in the book reserved for high dignitaries in the mausoleum that houses the tomb of Ayatollah Ruhollah Moosavi Khomeini.

The stay in the cemetery of Behesht Zahra, where he receives permanent tribute to the humble Shiite cleric who became the spiritual leader of the Iranian people in the struggle that ended with the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, was the last activity carried out by the Cuban delegation that made an official visit to Iran, where it arrived this Sunday headed by the Head of State.

"The influence of his leadership in the world revolutionary movement is undeniable" and his "legacy is highly appreciated by the Cuban people," Díaz-Canel also stressed.

With this tribute, the Cuban president's visit to Iran concluded. Photo: Revolution Studios.

"On behalf of the Cuban people and government, we pay the most heartfelt tribute to his example," wrote the President, for whom strengthening "relations between our nations will be the best tribute we can pay to him."

Díaz-Canel was received in the halls of the Mausoleum by Ayatollah Hassan Khomeini, grandson of the founder of the Islamic Revolution and head of the management of the mausoleum.

In 2001, when he was then a young man, Hasan received Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz there, a room from which a film material is preserved that knew how to capture the sensitivity and admiration of the Cuban revolutionary leader for Imam Khomeini.

With this tribute, the Cuban president's visit to Iran concluded. Photo: Revolution Studios.

Fidel was, then, the center of Díaz-Canel's conversation with Khomeini's grandson: "For our generation," the ayatollah told him, "Fidel Castro is a highly respected and admired person and is a symbol of the struggle for freedom.

"President Castro had a very outstanding and special characteristic, he had a very high power and attraction, he had a great ability to communicate and connect with young people," the scholar reflected while talking with Díaz-Canel.

After the meeting with Hassan Khomeini and accompanied by him at all times, the Cuban head of state and the official delegation laid a wreath at Khomeini's tomb.

The shrine dedicated to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini began construction after his death on June 3, 1989. It is located south of Tehran, in the surroundings of the Garden of the Martyrs of Behesht Zahra.

The emblematic construction, inspired by the ancient Persian mosques, stands out from a distance for its domes, a main one, golden, below which is the tomb that keeps the remains of the Imam, and four other domes adorned with turquoise mosaics.

The complex, which has a large entrance portico and is protected by four 91-metre-high minarets, is a splendid mausoleum built according to the precepts of Iranian art, culture and belief.

📹| "For the Cuban delegation visiting the sister Islamic Republic of Iran, it is an exciting moment to visit this beloved place, where tribute is paid to the leader of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini."

This tribute concluded the President's visit to #Irán. pic.twitter.com/tJ0Wt3GClr

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