Cuban president expresses willingness to hold equal talks with U.S.

HAVANA. July 27. KAZINFORM Cuban President Raul Castro voiced on Thursday willingness to hold "equal to equal" dialogues with the United States, according to Xinhua.

"Any day they want, the table is set. This has already been said through diplomatic channels," Castro said at an official ceremony marking the National Rebellion Day in the eastern city of Guantanamo.

"If they want to talk, we will talk," Castro said, adding that no topic is off-limits as long as it is a dialogue between equals.

Cuba and the United States have not had diplomatic relations for more than 50 years, as the latter has imposed an embargo on the island nation.

Cuba's National Rebellion Day pays tribute to the events on July 26, 1953, when the father of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro and his followers attacked government barracks in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, unleashing a chain of events that finally toppled dictator Fulgencio Batista (1952-1958) six years later.


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