Libya has awarded Cuban President Fidel Castro its 1998 human rights prize, a news agency reported Sunday.

The award, named in honor of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, was to be given in appreciation of Castro's "history of struggle," Egypt's Middle East News Agency said.Previous winners of the award include South African President Nelson Mandela and Louis Farrakhan, the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam.

The prize is normally awarded during celebrations beginning Sept. 1 and lasting several days, marking the anniversary of the coup that brought Gadhafi to power in 1969.

There was no word on whether Castro would attend the ceremonies.

The award - which carries a cash prize of $250,000 - has been given annually since 1989.

Libya and Cuba have good relations.