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Let us bury the Cold War, Obama tells old enemy as he urges Cuba to look to the future

By Staff Reporter

Published 23/03/2016

Michelle and Barack Obama with Cuban President Raul Castro at the baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team
Michelle and Barack Obama with Cuban President Raul Castro at the baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team
President Barack Obama meets the players

US president Barack Obama has urged Cubans to look to the future with hope, casting his historic visit to the communist nation as a moment to "bury the last remnants of the Cold War".

Obama's address opened a final day on the island that included a meeting with Cuban dissidents and attendance at a baseball game featuring the country's national team.

"Havana is only 90 miles from Florida, but to get here we had to travel a great distance," Mr Obama said at the city's Grand Theatre.

He also acknowledged the differences that persist, including on human rights. With Cuban President Raul Castro looking on, Mr Obama called for citizens to be able to "speak their minds without fear".

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