Cuba’s former president and revolutionary icon Fidel Castro has made his first public appearance in 14 months, greeting a delegation of Venezuelans on a solidarity mission to Cuba, local media reported Saturday.
Local media said that Castro “greeted, one by one and without any difficulties, the Venezuelans,” who were left impressed “by Castro’s lucidity and his attention to the details of what is happening in Venezuela.”
During his appearance, Castro highlighted the importance of the international campaign calling on the U.S. President Barack Obama to repeal his executive order that arbitrarily declares Venezuela an extraordinary threat to its national security.
Last March, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the beginning of the campaign, which aims to gather signatures to reject the U.S. executive order. Thus far over 6.2 million signatures have been collected.
In his pubic address, Castro emphasized the need to acquire as many signatures as possible in order remove Venezuela from being labeled as a threat to U.S. national security.