Obama shakes hands with Raul Castro

2013-12-10 14:13
US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the memorial service for former president Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium in Soweto. (SABC, AP)

US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the memorial service for former president Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium in Soweto. (SABC, AP)

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Johannesburg - US President Barack Obama has shaken hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at a memorial service for former president Nelson Mandela.

The handshake between the leaders of the two Cold War enemies came during a ceremony that's focused on Mandela's legacy of reconciliation.

Obama was greeting a line of world leaders and heads of state attending the memorial in Johannesburg.

He also shook hands with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who has clashed with Obama over alleged National Security Agency spying.

The US and Cuba have recently taken small steps toward rapprochement, raising hopes the two nations could be on the verge of a breakthrough in relations. But sceptics caution that the two countries have shown signs of a thaw in the past, only to fall back into old recriminations.


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