Obama And Castro Handshake At Mandela Tribute
The rare gesture between the leaders of the two Cold War foes at the Mandela memorial stokes talk of a possible rapprochement.
Barack Obama has shaken hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela.The handshake between the leaders of the two Cold War enemies came during a ceremony in Johannesburg that is largely focused on Mr Mandela's legacy of reconciliation.
Mr Castro smiled as the US leader shook his hand on the way to the podium to pay tribute to the late South African president, a global symbol of peace.
It was an extremely rare gesture between the leaders of two nations that have been at loggerheads for more than half a century. US officials often have gone to great lengths to avoid having presidents meet Cuban leaders, even in passing.
It was Mr Obama who offered the handshake in a new sign of his willingness to reach out to US enemies, a US official told the AFP news agency.