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Fidel Castro breaks silence on Obama's visit to Cuba

Published:Monday | March 28, 2016 | 3:33 PM
In this February file photo, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro meets Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (left) in Havana, Cuba.

Former Cuban president, Fidel Castro has broken his silence over President Obama's recent visit to Cuba in a damning letter published in state-run newspaper Granma.

Fidel, who handed power to his brother Raul a decade ago, said Cuba didn't need any gifts from the "empire".

He described Obama's words of reconciliation as "syrupy" and warned they could give Cubans a heart attack.

Obama had suggested that it was time to bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas.

In his 1,500-word letter, Fidel also reminded readers of the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961, in which a CIA-sponsored paramilitary force of Cuban exiles attempted to take over the island.