Castro Brothers Signal to Obama They Want to Meet — Perhaps at Gitmo

Dec 5, 2008 3:51pm

In his occasional column in the state-run newspaper, former Cuban President Fidel Castro discusses possible future talks with the Obama administration.

"With Obama, talks could happen anywhere he wants," Castro writes. "He should remember the carrot-and-stick approach will not work with our country."

The comments come right after his brother Raúl, the current president, told Sean Penn in an interview with The Nation that he might be willing to meet with President Obama in a "neutral place" — in neither the U.S. or Cuba.

"Perhaps we could meet at Guantánamo," the younger Castro told Penn. "We must meet and begin to solve our problems, and at the end of the meeting, we could give the president a gift… we could send him home with the American flag that waves over Guantánamo Bay."

The Obama Transition Team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

– jpt

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