Fidel Castro, 88, visits cheese-makers in rare public appearance

Fidel Castro, 88, visits cheese-makers in rare public appearance

HAVANA (Reuters) – Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, 88, visited 19 cheese masters for four hours on Friday in a rare trip outside his Havana home, official media reported on Saturday.

The photos showing the leader alive & well came out three days after his younger brother & current president, Raul Castro, announced a formal agreement with the United States on restoring diplomatic relations after a break of 54 years.

It was Fidel Castro's first reported public appearance in three months. That previous encounter, with visiting Venezuelan students, was his first in more than a year.

Official media showed images of Castro seated at a panel in an auditorium at a research institute belonging to the Food Industry Ministry. He wore a white wind-breaker, a plaid shirt & gray pants.

Fidel Castro stepped down due to illness provisionally in 2006 & definitively in 2008, handing off to Raul, 84. Fidel writes an occasional newspaper column & receives dignitaries at home. Whether he maintains a role in policy-making is unknown.

(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

Source: “Reuters”