Argentina's government has released a photograph of Fidel Castro - the
first picture of the former Cuban leader to be made public in two
The picture, released Friday, shows a serious Mr. Castro
looking straight into the camera and standing beside Argentine
President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
Ms. Fernandez visited
Cuba earlier this week and met with Fidel Castro for about 30 minutes.
She told reporters she thought he looked very good.
Mr. Castro has not been seen in public since undergoing intestinal surgery in July 2006.
former long-time president wrote an Internet column recently in which
he said his health was deteriorating. The 82-year-old said he will
soon be unable to follow current events.
The comments were Mr. Castro's first written remarks since December 15.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.