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Cuba's Castro urges US to boost relations

Cuba's Castro urges US to boost relations
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Cuban president Raul Castro has called on the US to establish civilized relations with his country.

The two countries – which have long been bitter foes – have appeared more positive recently as talks around immigration, postal services, disaster
prevention and other security issues have taken place.

Closing a year-end meeting of parliament, Castro said that they had recently been able to hold discussions on topics of “mutual interest.”

“We think we can resolve other matters of interest,” he said, without elaborating.

Castro said that “a civilized relationship between both countries” was something “our people and the immense majority of US citizens and Cuban immigrants desire.”

But he reiterated that Cuba’s political and economic system was non negotiable.

Castro’s speech came just two weeks after he and President Barack Obama shook hands at a memorial for the late Nelson Mandela.