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Castro and Obama in historic handshake






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The USA and Cuba may soon have better relations. The leaders of the two countries shook hands at the Summit of the Americas in Panama. This is a meeting for North, Central and South America to discuss a better future together. The historic handshake is important. The two countries have spoken very little for 50 years. America stopped its citizens from visiting Cuba and banned most Cuban exports to the USA. The USA said Cuba sponsored terrorism.

The leaders will discuss the future together. It will be the highest-level talks since 1959. A US security advisor said: "The President strongly believes that an approach that was focused…totally on seeking to cut off the Cuban people from the USA had failed." President Obama thinks the Cuban people are "extraordinary" and have "huge potential". He said most Cubans want to move forward. Cuba and the USA are just 151 km apart.

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