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Iranian president meets with Raúl and Fidel Castro during stop in Havana

  • Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro, right, talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, left, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Sept 19, 2016. Rouhani is on a one-day official visit to Cuba. (AP Photo/Alex Castro)

    Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro, right, talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, left, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Sept 19, 2016. Rouhani is on a one-day official visit to Cuba. (AP Photo/Alex Castro)  (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

  • Cuba's President Raul Castro, left, escorts Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, center, as they inspect the honor guard at Revolution Palace in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Sept 19, 2016. Rouhani is on a one-day official visit to Cuba. (Ismael Francisco, Cubadebate via AP)

    Cuba's President Raul Castro, left, escorts Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, center, as they inspect the honor guard at Revolution Palace in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Sept 19, 2016. Rouhani is on a one-day official visit to Cuba. (Ismael Francisco, Cubadebate via AP)

  • Fidel Castro shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Havana, Cuba, Sept 19, 2016.

    Fidel Castro shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Havana, Cuba, Sept 19, 2016.  (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met in Havana with Cuban President Raúl Castro on Monday in a closed-door session that produced several collaboration agreements.

While the issues discussed where not disclosed, Reuters reported that officials of both countries signed accords regarding health, education and science, as well as a memorandum of understanding on banking.

In an unusual occurrence, Rouhani met separately with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who at 90 years old rarely receives visitors.

According to Granma, the official newspaper of the island nation's Communist Party, the elder Castro and Rouhani agreed “on the importance of food production in a world threatened by climate change, the incessant growth of the global population and the dangers to the preservation of peace."

"Fidel and Hassan Rouhani concluded the friendly meeting with the most sincere desire for collaboration between the peoples of Iran and Cuba," the paper reported.

Iran's president came to the Caribbean nation after attending a Non-Aligned Movement summit in Venezuela, which is Cuba's main commercial and political partner.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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