Cuba release new Castro photos amid rumour
Morshed Jahan Mithun

According to Granma, the photos were published because "Cuba is anxious to know about him."

  • One of the images showing Castro with his wife Dalia during a meeting with the leader of a students' union 
    Photo- Granma.cu

Amid recent rumours of ill health or even possible death, Cuban state media has released images of former leader Fidel Castro.

The photos spread appeared late Monday in the online version of Cuba's state-run newspaper, Granma.

The photos showed the 88-year-old Castro at his home along with his wife Dalia during a meeting with the leader of a students' union, and were published in the state-run newspaper Granma and other official media.

The photos are accompanied by an article written by Perdomo recounting his time with the former leader during the reported January 23 meeting.

According to Granma, the photos were published because "Cuba is anxious to know about him."

The images come after weeks of feverish speculation concerning the Cuban revolutionary leader's medical condition after he appeared to disappear from the public eye.

The last time he was seen in public was January 8, 2014, when he attended an art gallery opening near his home.

Just last week, in a message reported to be from the former Cuban leader, Castro endorsed the fledgling talks to restore diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, but added he still "did not trust" US.

At age 32, Castro led a group of guerrillas who overthrew a corrupt dictatorship in 1959.

The US broke relations with Cuba in 1961, amid fears that Castro and his bearded revolutionaries harbored communist sympathies.

Despite scores of CIA assassination attempts against him and a failed US-backed invasion of Cuba, Castro stayed in power until 2006.

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