Cuban dictator Raul Castro praised President Obama’s call for normalized relations with his country and took a victory lap after the
Castro’s speech followed President Obama’s announcement of a deal which allowed American USAID worker Alan Gross to return to the
While taking a rhetorical victory lap, Castro invoked his brother’s promise that the three Cuban spies would eventually return to
“As Fidel promised on June 2001, when he said: ‘They shall return!’ Gerardo, Ramon, and Antonio have arrived today to our homeland.”
The three spies were convicted in the 1996 shoot-down of two civilian planes over international waters.
While Castro thanked the
To close his speech, Castro called on Obama to use executive authority to curtail the remaining vestiges of the embargo on
“This in no way means that the heart of the matter has been solved. The economic, commercial, and financial blockade, which causes enormous human and economic damages to our country, must cease.”
“Though the blockade has been codified into law, the President of the
United Stateshas the executive authority to modify its implementation.”
Obama and Castro spoke for 45 minutes yesterday, the first communication between the two nation’s leaders since 1959. Press Secretary Josh Earnest would not even rule out a possible Presidential visit to the island nation in the future.