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the U.S. and Cuban presidents have spoken
by phone for only the second time in more
than 50 years, US and Cuban sources said
on Friday, April 11.
However, precisely, when Barack Obama
and Raul Castro spoke has remained
A White House official, Jorge, said in a
statement that the two leaders talked by
telephone on Wednesday, April 15, before
Obama left Washington to travel to regional
summits in Jamaica and Panama .
He said in a social media account that the
two men had a telephone conversation
"minutes before" U.S. Secretary of State
John Kerry met on Thursday with his Cuban
counterpart, Bruno Rodriguez , in Panama.
Neither side shared details of the
conversation. Obama and Castro are set to
meet officially for the first time at the
Summit of the Americas in Panama, taking
place Friday and Saturday.
There have concerted efforts by the leaders
of the two countries to ensure the
restoration of ties which was severed more
than five decades ago.