Fidel Castro has finally made a public appearance — the first since surgery prompted speculation about his health and rule. Appearing on his buddy Hugo Chavez’s radio show, Castro said, “I feel good and I’m happy.”


“Hello there, illustrious and dear friend, how are you?” Fidel Castro asked President Chavez at the start of an extended conversation on the Venezuelan leader’s “Hello President” show.

“I feel good and I’m happy,” Mr Castro went on.

Mr Chavez has visited the convalescing Cuban leader several times, most recently in January.

Video of their meetings without sound has been released.

Mr Castro’s health is treated as a state secret in Cuba, and has been the subject of much speculation both at home and overseas.

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