Fidel Castro chides US

HAVANA - Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has published an open letter to the nation in which he makes no mention of the historic reopening of the US embassy.

Mr Castro instead criticises American foreign and economic policies since World War Two and accuses the US of owing Cuba millions of dollars.

The letter was published to mark Mr Castro's 89th birthday.

The US embassy will be reopened in Havana on Friday, with US Secretary of State John Kerry attending.

Mr Castro said the US owed Cuba money because of the trade embargo the US imposed on the communist-run island in 1960.

Cuba says the embargo - which it calls a blockade - is hugely damaging to its economy.

It says relations will only be fully restored once it is lifted.

Three marines who lowered the American flag for the last time on 4 January 1961 will raise it again during Friday's ceremony in Havana.

They are now retired and in their late 70s.

"I'm gonna love seeing that flag go back up," said former marine Jim Tracy, 78, on a US State Department video.

Cuba reopened its embassy in Washington last month.

Comments (4)

Thats true Cde Castrol as you prophesied in the 1960s that the Americans would come back talking to Cuba when a Black President would be in power and a Pope from Latin America.However,we still need to take this relationship with some grains of salt as Americans are never people to consider as friends on government level though good people as individuls.It could be true that they want to be in Cuba so that they plot well against Venezuela.

carson macate - 14 August 2015

Meant Cde Castro

carson macate - 14 August 2015

1973 - Point of correction Carson Macate. Read : In 1973, just returned from a visit to Vietnam, Commander Fidel Castro was (speaking to international journalists). The Cold War was cold, and the journalist Bryan Davis (from) an English agency asked: “When do you think relations between Cuba and the United States, two countries as far away despite the geographical proximity, will be restored?” Fidel Castro stared and replied to all who were in the room: “United States will come to talk to us when they have a black president and the world has a Latin American pope.”

Amai Mandigona - 14 August 2015

All in Zanu PF shall come to apologise (including Grace , EM , Kasukuwere) and a familiar but unlikely person shall move the nation forward.

My Prophecy - 14 August 2015

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