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Cuban Media Highlight Raul Castro's Farewell to President Obama



Havana, Mar 23.- Major national media highlight today President Raul Castro's farewell to his U.S. peer, Barack Obama, as well as some aspects of the activities carried out during the last day of his visit to Cuba.

Granma and Juventud Rebelde newspapers, with the largest distribution on the island, publish in front-page some pictures of both statesmen shaking hands some few minutes before Obama's departure to Argentina from the Jose Marti International Airport, and report on that meeting.

They also cover some views of the population about Obama's speech yesterday at the Alicia Alonso Gran Teatro in Havana, who was controversial, because it was interpreted as an exhortation to the Cuban people to forget its history.

Obama also evaded some issues such as that of the naval base his country has maintained in the illegally occupied territory in Guantanamo (eastern Cuba), one of the major obstacles of the process for the normalization of bilateral relations, started on Dec. 17, 2014.

Those publications and the Cuban News Agency also refer to the assistance by both leaders to the friendly baseball match between a Cuban team and the MLB team Tampa Bay Rays in the newly remodeled Latinoamericano Stadium, located in the Havana neighborhood of Cerro, which served as a colophon to the visit.

They also include works on the international impact of the first visit to the island by an American president in 88 years, described as historical, as well as the effort to normalize bilateral ties after more than 50 years of Washington's hostility. (Prensa Latina)