WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sat down with Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday, the first substantial meeting between the country’s leaders in more than 50 years.
According to a White House pool report from the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Obama and Castro, the brother of former Cuban President Fidel Castro, met in a small room in the convention center, and were seated next to each other in “the same set up as when world leaders are hosted in the Oval Office.”
“This is obviously an historic meeting.” Obama said. After 50 years of U.S. embargo toward Cuba, “it was time for us to try something new,” he added.
”We are now in a position to move on a path toward the future,” he said.
Following Obama’s remarks, Raul Castro said the two nations could have differences “with respect of the ideas of the others.”
“We might disagree on something today on which we could agree tomorrow,” Castro added.
On Friday, the two leaders greeted each other and shook hands for the second time ever. A White House official described the encounter as an “informal interaction, with no substantive conversation between the two.”
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