Havana: Amidst rising speculations over the failing heath of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, the official media released his photographs at his residence.
These are the first photographs of the 88-year-old to have appeared in the public since August last year.
The images show Castro engrossed in an animated conversation with student leader Randy Perdomo García. The pictures also show that his wife Dilma Soto del Valle is present with him at his residence.
At least 21 images of Castro were published in the online version of Cuba's state-run newspaper, Granma on late Monday.
An article by Perdomo along with the pictures also states that the meeting between Castro and the student leader took place on January 23.
The series of images show Castro in an animated conversation with the student leader and even going through a newspaper.
The former Cuban president went silent after his brother Raúl Castro announced closer ties between US and Cuba on December 17.
He had not appeared in public eye from the last one year.