A handout photograph provided by Cubadebate on 16 November 2016 shows former Cuban President Fidel Castro (R) meeting with the President of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang (L) in Havana, Cuba, 15 November 2016. Cuba and Vietnam established diplomatic relations in 1960, a year after the triumph of a revolution led by Castro, and have since enjoyed friendly political and economic ties, including cooperation
A handout photograph provided by Cubadebate on 16 November 2016 shows former Cuban President Fidel Castro (R) meeting with the President of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang (L) in Havana, Cuba, 15 November 2016. Cuba and Vietnam established diplomatic relations in 1960, a year after the triumph of a revolution led by Castro, and have since enjoyed friendly political and economic ties, including cooperation EPA/ALEX CASTRO

Former Cuban president Fidel Castro has died

FORMER Cuban leader Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90.

The Communist leader led the country after a revolution that saw it become a one-party state.

Castro held power as prime minister from 1959-1976 and as president from 1976 to 2008 before handing the top job to his brother Raul Castro.

In recent years, Castro made very few public appearances but was pictured meeting with foreign leaders only 10 days ago. 

AP reported it was Raul Castro who announced his brother's death on Cuban state media. 

Fidel Castro's leadership as a dictator led to decades of tough sanctions from the nearby United States as well as other countries.  

The sanctions were only relaxed after negotiations between the two countries that were made public in late 2014. 

Barack Obama became the first U.S president to visit Cuba in 80 years when he touched down in early 2016. 

This combo of three file photos shows Fidel Castro, from left; smoking a cigar in Havana, Cuba, April 29, 1961; speaking to the media while on a mission to collect Elian Gonzales in Washington, D.C., April 6, 2000; and at his Havana home on Feb. 13, 2016. The man who nationalized the Cuban economy and controlled virtually every aspect of life on the island celebrated his 90th birthday in August.
This combo of three file photos shows Fidel Castro, from left; smoking a cigar in Havana, Cuba, April 29, 1961; speaking to the media while on a mission to collect Elian Gonzales in Washington, D.C., April 6, 2000; and at his Havana home on Feb. 13, 2016. The man who nationalized the Cuban economy and controlled virtually every aspect of life on the island celebrated his 90th birthday in August. AP Photos/Files

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