Fidel Castro made rare public appearance to celebrate his 90th birthday

Fidel Castro made rare public appearance to celebrate his 90th birthdayFormer Cuban president Fidel Castro attended his 90th birthday celebrations in Havana on Saturday night.

Fidel Castro was accompanied by his brother, Raul Castro, and the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Earlier that day the former leader addressed a letter to Cubans, which was published in Granma, the official newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party.

"I want to express my deepest gratitude for the shows of respect, greetings and praise that I've received in recent days, which give me strength to reciprocate with ideas that I will send to party militants and relevant organisations," Castro wrote in a letter.

Castro also criticized the speech delivered by U.S. President Barack Obama when he visited Japan last May, describing the address there as “lacking stature”.

“He didn’t have the words to apologize for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in Hiroshima, even though he knew what the effects of this bomb were,” Fidel claimed in his article.

The country has a month of festivities planned to honour the former president, who stepped down as Cuba's president 10 years ago after suffering a severe gastrointestinal illness. Celebrations include photography exhibitions and documentaries - as well as a Guinness World Record breaking 90-metre long cigar to represent each year of his life.

The last time the former leader made a public appearance was on April 19th during the closing ceremony of the 7th Cuban Communist Party Congress.
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