Fidel Castro makes first public appearance in over a year

Fidel Castro Makes First Public Appearance in Over a Year
Fidel Castro Makes First Public Appearance in Over a Year

Fidel Castro has been sighted in public for the first time in months.

Castro was seen greeting visiting Venezuelans from a car in articles first posted on state-run Juventud Rebelde.

The writer made sure to point out El Comandante's strong mental and physical health.

The papers said the Venezuelans Castro met remembered he was, as they put it, strongly shaking hands for hours, and said the way he remembered names of delegates, governors and well-known people "inspired admiration."

The last time Castro was seen in public was at an art gallery in January 2014. He was seen walking with a cane and accompanied by a man identified as his personal physician.

Any long stretch of time Castro isn't in the public eye typically inspires rumors of failing health and even death, but just because Castro hasn't been seen much in public doesn't mean he's been avoiding the limelight. The traditionally vocal leader has spoken out recently about tensions between the U.S. and Venezuela.

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Back in February, state-run Cuban media reported Venezuela's President, Nicolás Maduro, visited with Castro and talked "about the world."

Then in March, after Maduro gave a speech condemning President Obama's executive order that imposed sanctions on some Venezuelan officials, Castro sent a letter to Maduro congratulating him on his "brilliant and brave speech in the face of the brutal plans of the U.S. government."

But Castro anti-American comments haven't so far stopped talks on the renewed relationship between the U.S. and Cuba from moving forward. His brother Raul Castro has been in charge and has been since 2006.

The latest round of talks about normalizing the relationship between Cuba and the U.S. wrapped up this week in Washington.