Fidel Castro Says He Doesn't Trust U.S. Policies, Hopes For Peaceful Diplomacy

| by Edward Arnold

Fidel Castro has finally spoken about his country's recent diplomatic deal with the United States. In a letter published in Spanish by Granma, Cuba's official communist newspaper, Castro explained his support for the deal despite his opposition to U.S. policy.

“We will always defend cooperation and friendship with all of the world’s people, among them, our political adversaries,” Mr. Castro wrote in the letter. "I don't trust the policy of the United States, nor have I exchanged a word with them, but this does not mean I reject a pacific solution to the conflicts."

The former Cuban leader, who handed over his power to his brother Raul Castro in 2006, has not been seen publicly since last summer. Raul, who is now the Cuban President, was at the forefront of managing a deal with the United States to end the decades-long tension between the two states.

Fidel, who has been long known for blaming the United States for his country's economic problems, made it clear that he stands behind Raul's diplomatic deal to reach peace.

The letter was released on the 70th anniversary of Fidel's enrollment at the University of Havana. In it, he cites communist leaders, speaks on income inequality, and mentions the brilliance of the ancient Greeks. He ends the letter calling for leaders around the world to improve the conditions of human dignity.

"The serious dangers that threaten humanity today should give way to rules that are consistent with human dignity," Fidel wrote. "No country is excluded from such rights. I have fought with that spirit and will continue fighting until my last breathe."

Castro's letter ended rumors circulating from Havana to Miami that the former leader was dead. Fidel Castro is now 88.

Sources: New York Times, USA Today / Photo Credit: New York Daily News