Indonesia to issue Castro, Che Guevara stamps

Campaign News | Friday, 23 May 2008

Indonesia will issue stamps depicting revolutionaries Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to commemorate a visit made by the Southeast Asian nation's founding president to Cuba 48 years ago.

One edition of the stamps, which will be released next week, shows then president Castro holding a traditional Indonesian dagger as his visiting counterpart, Sukarno, looked on during a meeting in 1960 in Havana.

Another features Argentine-born Ernesto "Che" Guevara, who in 1956 joined Castro in Cuba to overthrow the government of General Fulgencio Batista, sitting next to Sukarno.

"This is part of the celebration of good relations between Indonesia and Cuba," said Gatot Dewa Broto, a spokesman at Indonesia's directorate general of post and telecommunications.

Indonesia has traditionally had good ties with communist states such as Cuba and North Korea, which have often had stormy relations with the West.


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