Castro: 'Obama Is an Honest Man'

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By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2015 12:59 PM CDT
President Obama, right, speaks as he joins other world leaders at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City. Listening is Cuban President Raul Castro, center.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – They shook hands last night, and today President Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro continued on the same track in public speeches at the Summit of the Americas. Castro, however, first castigated the US by reeling off a list of grievances spanning the decades, reports AP. But then he made clear that he didn't hold Obama responsible. Some excerpts, from AP and the New York Times:

  • Castro: "I have told President Obama that I get very emotional talking about the revolution. I apologize to him because President Obama had no responsibility for this." He added that, "in my opinion, President Obama is an honest man," and praised the president's willingness to consider lifting Cuba's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism.

  • Obama: “The United States will not be imprisoned by the past—we’re looking to the future. I’m not interested in having battles that frankly started before I was born.”
The two men were expected to meet face-to-face later today. (Read more President Obama stories.)

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