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Thursday 18 of August 2022

Iran Leader Meets with Fidel Castro During Stop in Havana


Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro, (R), shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Havana, Cuba,photo: AP/Alex Castro
Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro, (R), shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Havana, Cuba,photo: AP/Alex Castro
Hassan Rouhani's meeting with Fidel Castro unusual as the former president only receives few people

HAVANA — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and his brother President Raúl Castro during a one-day state visit in Havana on Monday.

His sit-down with Fidel Castro was an unusual encounter since Cuba’s 90-year-old retired president receives only a few people.

Officials did not say where they talked, but photos appeared to show them inside Castro’s home. A government statement said the two leaders discussed the importance of food production and threats to world peace.

Rouhani met separately with Raúl Castro, who took over leadership of Cuba’s government in 2006 after his brother fell ill. Officials did not comment on their discussions.

Iran’s president came to Cuba after attending the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Venezuela, which is the island’s main commercial and political partner.