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Raul Castro and Barack Obama's historic handshake in Panama

U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro sat down on Saturday afternoon for talks in a meeting that made history as the first between the leaders of the two old Cold War adversaries for more than half a century.

On Friday evening, the two leaders shook hands. They met at The Summit of the Americas in Panama.

It was their first formal meeting in more than half a century, states the New York Times.  The meeting cleared the way for a normalization of relations that had seemed unthinkable to both Cubans and Americans for generations.

In a small conference room in a Panama City convention center on Saturday, President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro sat side by side.  Obama said he wanted to « turn the page » on old divisions, although he acknowledged that significant differences between the governments would remain.

« This is obviously a historic meeting, » Obama…

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