US needs to make 'gestures': Raul Castro

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Washington, Apr 30: On the recent developments between the United States and Cuba, Cuban president Raul Castro has said that it is the United States that needs to make gestures to express interest in improving relations with Cuba.

Echoing his older brother, Fidel Castro, Raul Castro said that it was not Cuba that imposed sanctions against the US and 'therefore it is not Cuba that has to make gestures'.

At a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Havana, Castro brushed off President Obama's easing of travel and money transfers by Cuban-Americans to the island as 'fine, positive but only achieved the minimum'.
Obama and Clinton have said they expected 'signals' from Cuba, including the release of political prisoners, before beginning a dialogue on improving ties.

Castro said: "We are willing to talk about everything with the United States, in equality of conditions, but not to negotiate our sovereignty, nor our political and social system, the right to self-determination, nor our internal affairs."


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