Cuba Politics

Fidel Castro meets Uruguayan President two days after meeting with Chavez

Posted June 19, 2008 by publisher in Cuba Politics.


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)

Member Comments

On June 19, 2008, publisher wrote:

Pajamas and a track suit?

Not very Presidential.

Remember, this is a photo op with a President of a foreign country so this is the very best presentation possible for Fidel at this time.

If this is his best, no wonder why he can’t go out in public.

Pretty sad that he continues to ignore his own people though.

On June 24, 2008, abh wrote:

Don’t understand why you always insist on saying that he “continues to ignore” his own people.  Clearly he is not the president and it seems that he plans to opine on various matters, domestic and international, but clearly relishes in the “battle of ideas” in the international scene.

On June 24, 2008, publisher wrote:

Castro has ignored the Cuban people his whole life.

On June 24, 2008, abh wrote:

Whatever.  I’ve already gotten into too many fruitless arguments and don’t want to get into another one.  I also am not a Castro apologist.  I just think, with all due respect, that your constant comment that he ignores his people shows that your understanding of Cuban history is limited.  Your skills as Publisher of the Havana Journal are unquestioned, and we all appreciate the forum here.  But I doubt that any other Cuban blog experts would agree with you.  And I’m talking about people like Phil Peters who have extensive credentials, not crazy right wingers.