On 90th birthday, Fidel Castro thanks Cuba, critiques Obama

HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro has written a long letter thanking Cubans for their support on his 90th birthday and once again criticizing President Barack Obama.

In the letter in state media Saturday, Castro relays “my deepest gratitude for demonstrations of respect, greetings and praise that I’ve received in recent days, which give me strength to reciprocate with ideas that I will send to party militants and relevant organizations.”

Castro accompanies his thanks with reminiscences about his childhood and youth.

He returns at the end to a critique of Obama, who appeared to anger the revolutionary leader with a March trip to Cuba in which he called for Cubans to look toward the future. Castro also criticizes Obama for not apologizing to Japan during a trip to Hiroshima in May.

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