A Moment of Opportunity and Hope

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban leader Raul Castro on Friday in Panama City, Panama.

At the seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama, Cuba’s presence was celebrated after having been shunned for the last six years.  Cuba’s presence was recognized by every leader.  The highlight was perhaps the handshake and press conference between President Obama and Raul Castro.

President Obama said the US will not be imprisoned by the past.  After more than 50 years of non engagement between these two countries, President Obama said that they were able to speak honestly about their differences and concerns.

Raul Castro replied, this is “a moment of opportunity and hope”.



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