August 24, 2009 / 12:35 AM / 9 years ago

Former leader Fidel Castro appears on television

HAVANA (Reuters) - Former leader Fidel Castro appeared on Sunday on Cuban television for the first time since June of last year in a video of him chatting with students from Venezuela.

Castro, 83, appeared to be in good condition as he spoke with the students about the state of the world in a meeting that took place on Saturday in Havana, according to the television report.

The video followed a front-page photograph of Castro meeting with Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa published on Sunday in the state-run newspaper Juventud Rebelde.

Castro has not been in public since undergoing intestinal surgery in July 2006. He resigned the presidency last year and was replaced by brother Raul Castro.

Reporting by Jeff Franks; editing by Anthony Boadle

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