Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has said comments he made about Cuba’s economic system to a American journalist were misinterpreted.
Earlier this week, Castro was quoted as saying, “the Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore”. But, the eighty-four year old insisted he meant the exact opposite.
Speaking at Havana University Castro said: “The truth is that my response means exactly the opposite of what the North American journalists interpreted about the Cuban model. My idea, as everyone knows, is that the capitalist system doesn’t work for the United States, or for the world.”
Castro was alleged to have admitted Cuba’s model was fundamentally flawed by US journalist Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic Monthly magazine based in Washington DC after he asked the former leader if Cuba’s system was still worth exporting.
Despite Castro underlining his belief in the communist model he put in place after the 1959 revolution it comes at a time when current Cuban president, his younger brother Raul Castro, is attempting to reduce state control in the economy.