Obama: "It's a new day" in US-Cuban relations

US President Barack Obama says a visit by a US president to Cuba would have been "unthinkable" for decades, but declares "it's a new day" in relations between the countries.

Speaking after talks with Cuban President Raul Castro, Obama says: "I'm absolutely confident that if we stay on this course, we can deliver a brighter future for both the US and the Cuban people."

Obama notes that he raised the issue of human rights and democracy, which has been a key sticking point between the nations, but said that he also heard criticism from Castro on issues such as poverty and race relations in the United States.

"Cuba's destiny will not be decided by the United States or any other nation," Obama says. "The future of Cuba will be decided by Cubans."

Last update: Tue, 28/06/2016 - 17:25

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