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Barack Obama and Raul Castro shake hands for the first time at Nelson Mandela’s funeral in December 2013 in South Africa. Their governments were already conducting secret negotiations aimed at reestablishing diplomatic relations.
HAVANA TIMES — Will Barack Obama return to Cuba for the funeral of Fidel Castro?  At this point who will represent the US at the official sendoff for the Cuban leader has yet to be announced.

Obama has less than two months to go in his administration and president-elect Trump appears less than supportive of the current administration’s overtures with the island.

Barack Obama and Raul Castro shook hands for the first time at the funeral of Nelson Mandela in South Africa back in December 2013. The gesture sparked considerable speculation and expectations about the relationship between the two historical antagonists.

A year later when Obama and Raul Castro announced a resumption of diplomatic relations we learned that for well over a year behind the scenes talks had been taking place between the emissaries of the two governments with assistance from the Canadian government and the Vatican.

The subsequent thaw in relations, the opening of embassies, the weakening of some aspects of the US embargo on Cuba (still in force), a sharp increase in visitors from the US, and then the Obama trip to Cuba in March 2016 followed.

In subsequent days, the motive behind the Obama visit to Havana was sharply criticized by Fidel Castro who saw it as only a new strategy to dominate Cuba and destroy its revolution.

 


11 thoughts on “Will Obama Attend Fidel’s Funeral in Cuba?

  • Why?
    In his speech of 21 March at the Alicia Alonso Theatre in Havana, Obama offered the olive branch by saying that he thought it was time to discuss the end of the embargo, but there would have to be some reciprocation. On March 28th, Mesa Redondo on 4 of the 8 TV stations at 7.00 p.m read a 10 minute long letter purportedly written by Fidel Castro – but more probably by the Propaganda Department of the Communist Party of Cuba and titled “The man Obama” which can only be described as vitriolic. The following day, Bruno Rodrigues Carilles the Foreign Minister said in a speech that there would be no reciprocation.
    Barack Obama’s endeavor was for naught – but the Castro regime got its chance. Now they will have to deal with Donald Trump!
    Get hold of the facts Martha! I heard it all – I was there!

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