Cuba's Fidel Castro Appears in Public For First Time in Over a Year

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, 88, appeared in public for the first time in more than a year

Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro made his first public appearance in more than a year this week, according to media reports.

The 88-year-old, who officially stepped down as leader of the Communist island in 2008, met with a group of visiting Venezuelans on Monday, official media reported.

No explanation was given as to why it took five days for reports to surface. In December, the United States and Cuba announced plans to restart diplomatic and economic ties after a more than 50-year lapse.

President Obama is expected to encounter Cuban President Raul Castro, Fidel’s 83-year-old brother, at next week’s Summit of the Americas in Panama City. Cuba will attend the summit for the first time.