Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said on Thursday the world has lost a freedom fighter and statesman with the death of South Africa's first black President, Nelson Mandela.
Mandela died Thursday afternoon at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the age of 95.
According to Persad-Bissessar, "The world has lost democracy's most loyal friend and advocate. Nelson Mandela was the 20th century's icon of freedom and liberty.
"He inspired us to believe that no obstacle is too large; no walk is too long, and no enemy of freedom is so powerful, that we should ever consider giving in.
"His life will surely become one of the most epic stories in world history, of the true depth and strength of the human spirit. He inspired us with his life, his words, his work and his triumph."
The Prime Minister said Mandela will forever be remembered as a man who fought for freedom and won it for millions around the world, without once compromising his beliefs or his principles.
"The legacy he has left us is one we shall always celebrate and we shall always thank God for Nelson Mandela.
"The prayers, love and support of the people of Trinidad and Tobago are with his family and those close to him.
"May he rest in peace knowing that he leaves behind many who will continue his fight," the Prime Minister added.