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Iran leader meets with Castro

Published:Wednesday | September 21, 2016 | 9:00 AM
Cuba'’s former leader, Fidel Castro (right), shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Havana, Cuba on Monday, September 19. Rouhani was on a one-day official visit to Cuba.

HAVANA (AP):

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and his brother, President Raul Castro, during a one-day state visit to Havana on Monday.

His sit-down with Fidel Castro was an unusual encounter since Cuba's 90-year-old retired president receives only a few people.

Officials did not say where they talked, but photos appeared to show them inside Castro's home. A government statement said the two leaders discussed the importance of food production and threats to world peace.

Rouhani met separately with Raul Castro, who took over leadership of Cuba's government in 2006 after his brother fell ill. Officials did not comment on their discussions.

Iran's president visited Cuba after attending the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Venezuela, which is the island's main commercial and political partner.