HAVANA, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro met here Tuesday UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, discussing a series of international issues, according to UN sources.
The two met for about 55 minutes and exchanged ideas on issues including the conflicts in Syria, Central African Republic, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, said UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky in an official statement.
They also exchanged views on food security, nuclear proliferation, the Millennium Development Goals, sustainable development and climate change.
Ban has also held talks with Cuban leader Raul Castro. The UN chief is in Cuba for a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.
On Tuesday, Ban also visited Cuba's Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana, hailing the school as very advanced.
Ban said the international students enrolled should feel "very fortunate and grateful" for the opportunity to study at the institute.
The UN chief said he has personally witnessed Cuban doctors at work in trouble spots and communities devastated by natural disasters, adding that Cubans were always the first to arrive at the scene and the last to leave.
He also acknowledged Cuba's medical contributions in Haiti and African countries, including its participation in Operation Miracle, a program that helps thousands around the world recover their eyesight, and its help in opening medical schools in other countries.
Cuba has made notable achievements in the health sector, with a low child mortality rate, high life expectancy and universal health coverage.