Cuban Communist Party daily Granma paid tribute Tuesday to former President Fidel Castro on his 87th birthday with words once spoken by Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez.

"Fidel does not belong to Cuba alone, he belongs to this our world, to this our America," was the Chavez thought cited by Granma.

Tuesday marks Fidel Castro's eighth birthday since an intestinal illness led him to resign the presidency in 2006. Since then he has only occasionally made a public appearance.

This is also his first birthday since Chavez died of cancer in March at the age of 58.

Granma published several photos of the numerous meetings Castro had with Chavez every time the Venezuelan visited the island.

At the same time the government Web site Cubadebate remembered the leader of the Cuban Revolution with comments about him by "illustrious contemporaries" like Spanish poet Rafael Alberti, Ecuadorian artist Oswaldo Guayasamin, Ho Chi Minh, Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez and Argentine writer Julio Cortazar.

The Mariana de Gonitch National Singing Academy will perform Tuesday a concert dedicated to the Cuban leader, while a new book by Omar Perez will be presented entitled "Fidel Castro, Soldier of Ideas. Technologies and Media. Selections by Subject 1959-2011."

Also scheduled is the inauguration of the exhibit "The Fidel We Know" by photographers Osvaldo Salas, Liborio Noval, Roberto Salas, Pablo Caballero and Alex Castro.

EFE