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Raul Castro: Cuba, US have agreed to restore diplomatic ties
December 18,2014   By:Xinhua
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The TV grab taken on Dec 17, 2014 shows Cuban leader Raul Castro giving a televised speech in Havana, capital of Cuba. Cuban leader Raul Castro confirmed Wednesday in a special TV appearance that his government and the Obama Administration of the United States had agreed to reestablish the diplomatic relations between the two countries. [Photo/Xinhua]

HAVANA, Dec.18, 2014  -- Cuban leader Raul Castro confirmed in Havana Wednesday in a special TV appearance that his government and the Obama Administration of the United States had agreed to reestablish the diplomatic relations between the two countries.

In a historic TV broadcast timed to coincide with a similar address delivered by US President Barack Obama in Washington DC, Castro also insisted differences between the United States and Cuba should be resolved through "negotiation," stressing Cuba will defend its main principles.

"We have agreed to restore diplomatic ties, though that doesn't mean the main issue, which is the economic, trade and financial blockade, which causes major damage and must cease, has been resolved," said Castro.

Castro also said that he and President Obama had a phone conversation Tuesday, discussing and addressing measures aiming to normalize the bilateral ties, and the proposals fully conform with the international law, the human rights and the Charter of the United Nations.

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