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OBAMA-CASTRO HANDSHAKE A HOPEFUL GESTURE: CUBA GOVERNMENT WEBSITE (WITH VIDEO)

December 10, 2013 | UhuruSpirit

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with the Cuban President Raul Castro at the Mandela Memorial Event in South Africa on Tuesday 10-12-2013.



US President Barack Obama's surprise handshake Tuesday with Cuban President Raul Castro at a memorial for the late Nelson Mandela in South Africa was saluted in Havana as a hopeful sign.

The government website Cubadebate.cu ran a photograph of the moment with the caption: "Obama greets Raul: may this image be the beginning of the end of the US aggressions against Cuba."

It was only the second time in the past 60 years that leaders of the two Cold War antagonists have pressed the flesh.

Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Bill Clinton exchanged greetings in 2000 during the Millennium summit in New York.

"I couldn't run out to avoid greeting him," the elder of the Castro brothers said at the time, adding that the encounter lasted 20 seconds. "It would have been extravagant and rude to do anything else."



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