Friday, April 17, 2009

Cuba ready to talk with Obama

Raúl Castro today said the was ready 'to discuss everything' with the U.S.

Some analysts feel that Latin American leaders at the 5th Summit of the Americas will ask President Barack Obama to lift the embargo on Cuba.

"We've told the North American government, in private and in public, that we are prepared, wherever they want, to discuss everything -- human rights, freedom of the press, political prisoners -- everything, everything, everything that they want to discuss," Castro said Thursday at a summit in Venezuela.

President Obama removed restrictions on Cuban Americans ability to visit relatives in Cuba and to send money to the country. Travel restrictions for Americans of non-Cuban descent remain in place.

The U.S. government has enforced an embargo on Cuban beginning three years after Fidel Castro came to power in 1959.

Many experts on the region and a growing segment of the Cuban American population feel America's Cuba policy has accomplished little and has become detached from its original goals.

Raúl Castro: Cuba ready 'to discuss everything' with US

CNN - ‎54 minutes ago‎
(CNN) -- The Cuban government, long the object of a US economic blockade, is prepared to meet with the Obama administration, Cuba's leader said.
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