Home > News > World
Wednesday January 29, 2014 MYT 10:15:04 AM
Wednesday January 29, 2014 MYT 10:16:02 AM
HAVANA (Reuters) - Fidel Castro was lucid, displayed a sharp memory and "talked a lot," Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said on Tuesday of her two-hour meeting with the former Cuban president.
Rousseff met Castro, 87, on Monday during her visit to Cuba for a Latin American and Caribbean summit. She said Castro discussed his contemporaries, such as former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, and historical figures such as Napoleon.
Castro has rarely been seen in public since he took ill in 2006 and handed over power to his younger brother Raul Castro, at first provisionally in 2006 and then definitively in 2008.
"He talked a lot," Rousseff said of Fidel Castro, who was famous for lengthy speeches in his younger days, such as the time in 1960 when he told the United Nations General Assembly "we shall endeavor to be brief," then spoke for a record four-and-a-half hours.
"He is well, wholesome, lucid," Rousseff said. "It's very interesting because a person who lived through such an important moment in world history personally knew a lot of things, and he has an excellent memory, telling stories."
(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)
Brazil's Neves - An insider in an election about change
Brazil's Rousseff cuts opponent's lead in presidential race
Brazil poll shows Rousseff catching up with Silva in runoff
Brazil's Silva, a lifelong environmentalist, courts big agriculture
Rousseff gaining on Silva in likely Brazil runoff race
Mexico arrests drug lord Beltran Leyva posing as businessman
Dallas Ebola patient vomited outside apartment on way to hospital
China tells foreign countries not to meddle in Hong Kong
Foreign doctors, military guards: Bespoke care for North Korea's Kims
Israel's Netanyahu to Obama: Don't allow Iran deal that leaves it at nuclear threshold
U.S. Secret Service director resigns under fire
Bollywood heartthrob Roshan warns fans against obsession
Facebook makes peace with gays over 'real names'
SOLD! Contemporary art sales break RM6.6bil mark for first time
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)