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Obama shakes hands with Raúl Castro for first time at Mandela memorial

Obama shakes hands with Raúl Castro for first time at Mandela memorial

Barack Obama celebrated the life of Nelson Mandela with his own gesture of reconciliation at Tuesday’s memorial ceremony in Soweto: a historic handshake with Cuban leader Raúl Castro.

It was the first such greeting in public involving a president of the United States since the Cuban revolution, although Bill Clinton shook hands in private with Raul’s brother Fidel during a closed-door United Nations lunch in 2000.

the guardian

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