U.S. President Obama met Cuban President Raul Castro meet in the highest-level talks in more than 50 years, as they agreed to push ahead to improve relations.Vanessa Johnston reports.
U.S. President Barack Obama sat down with Cuban President Raul Castro Saturday as they seek to improve relations after decades of hostility. Describing their meeting as "historic", Obama says the two countries could end the antagonism of the Cold War years. (SOUNDBITE) (English)U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "We are now in a position to move on a path toward the future. Over time it is possible for us to turn the page and develop a new relationship between our two countries." The two sat side by side in a small conference room, the mood cordial but businesslike. Castro said he would continue to take steps toward normalizing relations with Washington, and was open to discussing human rights and other issues. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish)CUBAN PRESIDENT RAUL CASTRO, SAYING: "We are willing to discuss everything but we need to be patient, very patient," The two men agreed in December to try to restore diplomatic relations broken off by Washington in 1961.