The Summit of the Americas was the first time that Cuba and the U.S. have formally talked in over half a century. President Obama described the meeting as “candid and fruitful”.
“What we have both concluded is that we can disagree with a spirit of respect and civility,” said President Obama. “Over time, it is possible for us to turn the page and develop a new relationship between our two countries.”
Raul Castro said “I have to ask President Obama for forgiveness. He is not responsible for the things which happened before his time.”
This gives hope that both sides not only talked, but both sides seem willing to play ball. The U.S. and Cuba have had a long and sometimes complicated history. ‘Raul Castro said that the two countries had “agreed to disagree” when necessary.’ Instead of pushing the same tired arguments back and forth, any change to make progress in other areas must be taken seriously, however, ‘agree to disagree’ should not become both parties solution to everything as this will inevitably lead in circles and help no one. One can have great hopes that, given time, this cold period between the U.S. and Cuba will become nothing more than a distant memory. “The meeting was in essence symbolic. With the cameras flashing away, no decisions were made. But its message was clear: we have our differences, but we can do business with each other.”