President Obama met with Cuban leader Raul Castro on Saturday afternoon, in what Obama called a “historic meeting.”
"We are now in a position to move on a path toward the future,” Obama told the Cuban leader at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, according to pool reports.
"Over time, it is possible for us to turn the page and develop a new relationship between our two countries."
He noted one of the first tasks the two countries will have to undertake is opening embassies in their respective capitals.
Through an interpreter, Castro said he agrees with Obama on all points. He said the two leaders can disagree while remaining respectful.
"We are willing to discuss everything but we need to be patient, very patient,” Castro said. "We might disagree on something today on which we could agree tomorrow."
I never thought I'd see this day. Cuba and the Castros have been "The bad guys just off the coast of Florida" all my life. But change is coming. Slowly. But it's coming.