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Fidel Castro criticizes US embargo

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He wrote that the more-than-50-year US embargo on Cuba caused millions of dollars in damage to the country

Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro has lashed out at the United States amid a thaw in the two countries' relations.

Castro made the criticism in a column run by a Communist Party newspaper on Thursday, his 89th birthday. He wrote that the more-than-50-year US embargo on Cuba caused millions of dollars in damage to the country.

Cuban media said the leaders of anti-US Cuban allies Venezuela and Bolivia met Castro to celebrate his birthday and expressed solidarity.

The moves came one day before US Secretary of State John Kerry was to arrive in Havana to raise the American flag at the newly reopened US embassy there.

The United States and Cuba restored diplomatic ties in July after a break of 54 years.

Castro has not clarified his stance on the normalization process taking place under the leadership of his younger brother Raul Castro.