Fidel Castro received Uruguayan ex-President Jose Mujica, who visited Havana this week and who said he found the leader of the Cuban Revolution "scintillating...alert, happy and committed...better than the last time" they met, official media on the island reported Saturday.

"I had a pretty long meeting and we talked about an infinite number of things. He remembered perfectly well our last conversation, and I confess he looked better than he did then - always scintillating, with the most diverse concerns," Mujica said Saturday morning in an interview with Cuban media.

According to the now-Uruguayan senator, the 89-year-old Castro is "alarmed by the need to breed livestock" and is currently studying "technical matters that might provide a solution" for that "important food category," the official Web site Cubadebate said.

The former Cuban president also expressed "his concern about the the spreading Zika virus," the note said.

Cuban media have not yet published pictures of Fidel Castro and Mujica, who also met in January 2014 and July 2013.

The last time photos of Cuba's ex-president were in the newspapers was in September 2015 following a meeting with Pope Francis in Havana, when the pontiff was touring the Caribbean island.

As for articles in the press, his most recent was a message dedicated to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, published last Dec. 11 in the official press.

Jose "Pepe" Mujica returned this Saturday to Uruguay after pursuing an active agenda in the Cuban capital, where he came to take part in the prestigious literary event, the Casa de las Americas Prize, and in the 2nd International Conference "With All and for the Good of All" on the ideas of Cuban independence hero Jose Marti.

The popular Uruguayan politician accompanied Cuban President Raul Castro in the traditional "March of the Torches," celebrated on the night of Jan. 27 in honor of Marti.

He also met with members of the FARC guerrilla group currently in peace talks with the Colombian government in Havana. EFE

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