Thereafter, former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and Manmohan Singh paid visits to Cuba in 1985 and 2006 respectively.
Condoling the passing away of the iconic leader, Indira Gandhi's daughter-in-law, Sonia Gandhi, who leads the Congress party now, described Castro's death as a loss not limited to Cuba or a particular ideology.
She said, "Castro's resolute support for India's cause on various fora will always remain deeply etched in the minds and hearts of the Indian people".
Both countries have maintained close contacts with each other in various international fora, such as the UN, NAM, WTO.
India has supported resolutions in the UN general assembly calling for lifting of US sanctions against Cuba. While Cuba shares India's views on democratising UN and expansion of the UN security council.