Fidel Castro met on Thursday with Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez in the third known meeting this week for the 81-year-old former Cuban leader who has been recovering following surgery almost two years ago.
Vazquez, who also is an oncologist, told reporters Castro looked “very good, in very good spirits, very good intellectually” during their two-hour, 20 minute session in an undisclosed location in the Cuban capital.
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro talks during a meeting with his brother Cuban President Raul Castro and Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez in Havana June 17, 2008. REUTERS/Estudios Revolucion/Handout
He said Castro had gone through a “difficult personal situation that he has now definitely left behind,” apparently referring to the ailment that forced him out of sight and finally out of the office he held for 49 years.
In what appeared to be an unusually busy week, Castro met with close ally Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Monday and Tuesday somewhere in Cuba.
Vazquez arrived in Cuba on Tuesday for a four-day visit that was the first by a Uruguayan president to the island since the revolution.
(Reporting by Esteban Israel and Rosa Tania Valdes; editing by Jeff Franks and Cynthia Osterman)