Cuba's state newspaper released a photograph of the country's former revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, on Saturday.

Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and appearing to have been assisted by an aide, Castro was pictured listening to visiting Venezuelan National Assembly president, Diosdado Cabello.

The picture suggests Castro is still involved in the region's politics despite ceding leadership of Cuba to his brother Raul in 2006 following a life-threatening intestinal disease.

Raul Castro marked his 82nd birthday Monday, another reminder that time is running out for the aging generation that has led the country since the 1959 revolution.