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And -- -- on his way to Trinidad and Tobago now to attend the summit of the Americans the only nation from that region not invited is Cuba.
But all of a sudden -- could be a fall in relations between the US and Cuba.
President Raul Castro of Cuba now says Havana is open to talks with -- Washington about everything including political prisoners human rights and freedom of the press.
Our Mike Emanuel is live -- the White House for us right now so what is the president's message Mike.
Well John President Obama says that relationship that's been frozen for basically fifty years is not going to change instantly but he did send this signal to Cuba.
We don't expect them to change overnight.
That would be unrealistic but we do expect.
Cuba will send signals that -- -- -- in.
In such a way event not only.
Cuban relations improved.
But so the the energy and creativity and initiative of the Cuban people can potentially be released.
So the president's calling on the government in Cuba basically show it's going to respect the rights of its people John any response from Raul Castro.
But did sustain -- Castro's basically said that everything's on the table that he's ready to come talk to the United States about.
He's basically saying any issues the US -- had with the Cuba in the past they're willing to talk about.
-- we'll see if -- -- actual action -- but this has to be a pretty tricky line I guess for the Obama administration to walk here.
-- actually right because if you go to a place like Miami of their many Cuban Americans who feel like the Castro Brothers have put their families through hell over the past.
Fifty years so they're gonna have very strong opinions about how the US approach -- relations with the Castro regime still in power.
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