HAVANA TIMES — Former Cuban President Fidel Castro received Reverend Joan Campbell, former president of the National Council of Churches USA, at his home in Havana on Thursday, states the official newspaper “Granma”.
Campbell visits Cuba invited by the Matanzas Evangelical Seminary.
Fidel and Campbell have a “friendship of many years,” during which “Campbell has given countless expressions of solidarity” with Cuba, the newspaper said.
Campbell mediated in cases such as that of rafter Elian Gonzalez, repatriated to the island in 2000 after a bitter legal dispute between his relatives in Miami and his father in Cuba. Likewise in the case of the “Cuban Five” intelligence agents, who were imprisoned in the United States for espionage.
The newspaper did not publish pictures of the meeting.
Fidel Castro, 88, abandoned office in 2006 after serious illness and is rarely seen in public. He often receives foreign visitors in his home in Havana.