"I took the decision of awarding Fidel this decoration and we do it with love, with appreciation, with recognition and also with gratitude from all men and women whom today are receiving the fruit of a revolution that was costly to you and costly to the Cuban people and now it is us who are receiving those benefits."
5. Zoom in Colom handing Raul Castro Order of Quetzal for Fidel Castro
"In the name of Comrade Fidel, Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution and of our people, we thank you, President Colom for the noble gesture of giving the Order of Quetzal necklace. We feel once more that our two countries melt into an embrace of mutual recognition and great trust."
7. Wide pan, zoom in to Colom and Castro embracing
Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom awarded former Cuban president Fidel Castro with one of Guatemala's highest honours on Monday, during a visit to Havana.
Fidel's brother, current president Raul Castro, accepted the award, the "Order of Quetzal", in Fidel's name at a ceremony at the Palace of the Revolution.
Fidel hasn't made a public appearance for almost three years.
Colom said he had decided to award Fidel with the decoration as a sign of friendship, recognition and gratitude, and in recognition for the health plan he inspired at the beginning of this decade in Guatemala.
Missions of Cuban doctors have carried out around 27 (m) million consultations with patients without economic resources in rural areas of Guatemala and also have performed 40,000 eye surgeries, according to the Guatemalan president.
Raul Castro thanked Colom for the Order of Quetzal necklace on behalf of Fidel.
Earlier, Raul Castro and Colom met behind close doors for little over two hours.
Colom arrived in Cuba on Sunday night. He spent Monday morning laying a wreath of flowers at the Jose Marti monuments and later placing the first stone of a future park.
Reinforcing the bilateral relations between both countries is the main goal in Colom's agenda.
Cuba and Guatemala only restarted diplomatic relations in 1998 after decades of tension.
Colom is the fifth Latin American leader to visit the island in less than two months, after Panama's Martin Torrijos, Ecuador's Rafael Correa, Argentine's Cristina Fernandez and Chile's Michelle Bachelet.