Former President Fidel Castro met last week in Havana with Spanish journalist Ignacio Ramonet, according to a report in official media that included a photo of the occasion.

The meeting took place Dec.13 at Castro's home, government Web site Cubadebate said, citing a Facebook posting by Ramonet.

The last public appearance of Castro, 87, was in April, when he inaugurated a school in Havana.

One of the most recent photos released of the Cuban Revolution's elderly leader was last June, when he met in Havana with Venezuelan legislative speaker Diosdado Cabello.

The meeting with Ramonet coincided with the 19th anniversary of the first meeting of Fidel with the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Castro and Ramonet talked about the recently published book by the writer and journalist entitled "Hugo Chavez: My First Life," according to the report.

Fidel stepped down in July 2006 after falling gravely ill. He ceded power to younger brother Raul Castro, who was formally elevated to the presidency in early 2008.

The note in Cubadebate does not say whether Castro and Ramonet spoke about South African leader Nelson Mandela, who died Dec. 4 at age 95 and about whose passing Fidel Castro has said nothing despite the long-standing friendship between the two men.

Raul Castro headed the Cuban delegation to Mandela's Memorial last week and was one of the official speakers paying tribute to the country's first democratically elected president.

Since August, Fidel Castro has not published any further "Reflexiones," the press articles he began writing during his convalescence. EFE