Fidel Castro meets intellectuals in 9-hour meeting

By REUTERS
February 12, 2012 05:18

 
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HAVANA - Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro held his second lengthy public event in a week, this time a nine-hour session with writers and intellectuals, Cuban state media said on Saturday, in another showing he is doing well after serious health problems.

"Fidel with intellectuals: More than nine hours of dialogue with the infinite," said the headline on government website Cubadebate.cu.

The story described the meeting in which representatives from 22 countries discussed topics ranging from the sad state of the world, as Castro views it, to the 85-year-old comandante's health.

"We have to fight. We can't let pessimism win. It's our duty," he was quoted as saying.

The story said that everyone was "impressed by the vitality and enthusiasm of Fidel," and that those who spoke congratulated him "for his visible recovery."

The session was part of Havana's annual international book fair.

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