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Obama, Castro speak by phone amid effort to restore ties

Obama, Cuban President Castro speak by phone amid effort to restore diplomatic ties

Obama, Castro speak by phone amid effort to restore ties

PANAMA CITY (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro have spoken by phone ahead of an expected encounter at a regional summit in Panama.

Jorge Leganoa, deputy director of Cuba's state-run National Information Agency, says Obama and Castro spoke by phone Thursday evening.

The White House declined to comment.

Obama and Castro both arrived in Panama City on Thursday for the Summit of the Americas.

It's only the second known conversation between the leaders of the U.S. and Cuba in more than 50 years.

The first was in December, shortly before Obama and Castro announced plans to restore diplomatic ties. That process is currently underway.

The two leaders aren't scheduled to meet formally while in Panama but are expected to interact on the sidelines of the summit.


Updated : 2021-09-24 04:47 GMT+08:00