Obama Extends 'Hand of Friendship' to Cuba After Death of Fidel Castro

The president weighed in on the death of the former Cuban leader.

Obama also reiterated his work to re-establish diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba.

"For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements. During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends - bonds of family, culture, commerce, and common humanity," Obama said. "This engagement includes the contributions of Cuban Americans, who have done so much for our country and who care deeply about their loved ones in Cuba."

In an historic visit in March, Obama and the first family spent two and a half days in Cuba on an state visit, which included a meeting with Raul Castro. It was the first visit to Cuba by a sitting U.S. president in nearly 90 years.