Fidel Castro meets with cheese experts in rare appearance, state media reports

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro visits 19 cheese masters on Friday, July 3, in a rare public appearance.

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  • Former Cuban President Fidel Castro made a rare public appearance, according to state media
  • Photos and video show him meeting with cheese experts at a food research institute

(CNN)It's rare for Fidel Castro to appear in public. But the 88-year-old former Cuban President recently said cheese -- literally -- as state media cameras snapped his photo.

State media published video and photos Friday of Castro, describing him discussing food production and climate change at a meeting with cheese masters at the Food Industry Research Institute.
    The rare public appearance -- Castro's first in three months -- came just a few days after Cuba and the United States announced they were restoring diplomatic relations.
      In 2008, Raul Castro officially succeeded his brother as President. Fidel Castro provisionally handed over power to him in 2006 when he underwent intestinal surgery.