Turning point

obama and castroUnited States President Barack Obama has said that his meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro could be a “turning point”.

He described the meeting on the fringes of the Summit of the Americas as “candid and fruitful”.

Mr Obama said that the former foes would continue to have differences but that they could advance their mutual interests.

The meeting was the first formal talk between the two countries’ leaders in half a century.

“What we have both concluded is that we can disagree with a spirit of respect and civility,” said President Obama. “Over time, it is possible for us to turn the page and develop a new relationship between our two countries.”

His remarks came at the end of a regional summit which has been dominated by the historic thaw between US-Cuba relations.

Cuban leader Raul Castro said that the two countries had “agreed to disagree” when necessary.

“We are disposed to talk about everything, with patience,” he said. “Some things we will agree with, and others we won’t.”


Earlier, the Cuban leader referred to Obama as an “honest man” after a lengthy speech largely taken up with the history of the relationship between the US and Cuba.

“When I talk about the revolution, the passion oozes out of me,” the Cuban leader said. “I have to ask President Obama for forgiveness. He is not responsible for the things which happened before his time.”

Latin American and Caribbean leaders at the summit in Panama have welcomed the reconciliation.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff hailed it as a courageous effort to end the last vestiges of the Cold War, which she said had caused great damage in the hemisphere.

President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina gave the main credit to Cuba, saying it had fought with unprecedented dignity against the US blockade. (BBC)

10 Responses to Turning point

  1. Nik J Allamby-Waterman
    Nik J Allamby-Waterman April 11, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    One of the best presidents ever!

  2. Peter Callender
    Peter Callender April 12, 2015 at 12:03 am


  3. Peter Callender
    Peter Callender April 12, 2015 at 12:04 am

    Forward thinking President

  4. Papa
    Papa'Shawn Forde April 12, 2015 at 5:54 am

    Victory for Cuba long live da revolution Castro’s brothers real live super heroes

  5. Papa
    Papa'Shawn Forde April 12, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Castro’s way better men Dan Obama

  6. Jus me April 12, 2015 at 8:37 am

    RIGHT ON Castro!! Yuh Bro Laffin man,

  7. Alex Alleyne April 12, 2015 at 9:17 am


  8. Ramar Haynes
    Ramar Haynes April 12, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Wonder what Fidel would be saying :/

  9. Haniff Spice
    Haniff Spice April 12, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    What makes Obama the best president cause he’s black?

  10. Allan B Love
    Allan B Love April 12, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    History in the making congrats to the USA/CUBA


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