Obama, Castro Cautiously Praise One Another in Historic Meeting

President Barack Obama and Cuba’s President Raul Castro met Saturday on the sidelines of a summit in Panama. It was the first between U.S. and Cuban leaders in more than half a century, and the Cuban President said he is willing to discuss sensitive issues such as human rights “with patience.” “It was my belief it was time to try something new, that it was important for us to engage more directly with the Cuban government,” President Obama said as he opened the meeting with Castro at the Summit of the Americas, according to The Associated Press. “And more importantly, with Cuban people,” he added. “What we have both concluded is that we can disagree with a spirit of respect and civility. And over time, it is possible for us to turn the page and develop a new relationship between our two countries.” Obama thanked the Cuban president “for the spirit of openness and courtesy that he has shown during our interactions,” and said he will “make sure that the people of Cuba are able to prosper and live in freedom and security.”

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