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Iranian leader meets Fidel Castro

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HAVANA (AP) -- Iran's president has held a long meeting with Fidel Castro, declaring the retired Cuban revolutionary to be healthy and engaged.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Cuba and his Islamic nation are allies "fighting on the same front" for the rights of their people. He made the comments Thursday at an impromptu airport appearance alongside Cuban President Raul Castro before flying off to Ecuador.

Raul says his 85-year-old brother and the Iranian president spoke for two hours on Wednesday, "a demonstration that his brain is working very well." Fidel Castro stepped down in 2006 due to an illness that nearly killed him, but continues to write essays on world events.

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