pictory:Yazdi Meets Castro, Cuba (1980's)

pictory:Yazdi Meets Castro, Cuba (1980's)
by Darius Kadivar

Ebrahim Yazdi meets leader of Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro ( year ?)

Yazdi was the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs in the interim government of Mehdi Bazargan, until November 6, 1979.

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Brzezinksi and Yazdi, Three Decades Later (Newsweek)

Fidel Castro shares his ideology (1959)

Yazdi during Tibunal of General Rahimi 1979



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His wife, Flor Ester Torres Sanabria, told AP news agency that her husband died in a Havana hospital after suffering a heart attack.

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Those detained include leading dissident Guillermo Farinas.

At a service for Mr Paya in Havana on Monday his son told the BBC that he believed his father's car was forced off the road.

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Mr Castro is due to meet Vice-President Xi Jinping and Vice Premier Li Keqiang, who are widely expected to take over China's top leadership posts.

On Thursday he met President Hu Jintao and signed several co-operation deals.

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The promises were part of a series of agreements between the two countries, reports said, although no details were given.


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Two Cuban actors who starred in a film about defectors have themselves defected to the United States.

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Javier Nunez Florian and Analin de la Rua de la Torre, both 20, who star in the film Una Noche, disappeared at Miami airport.

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Hundreds of thousands of Cubans gathered to hear his words on the final day of his visit.

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Fidel Castro, 85, said it was every Cuban's duty to fight until the last moment, for Cuba, the planet, and humanity.

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