Obama to meet with Raul Castro at United Nations

Cuban leader Raul Castro, middle, waves during the family photo event at the 7th Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, on Saturday, April 11, 2015.


By DAVID JACKSON | USA Today (Tribune News Service) | Published: September 27, 2015

President Obama will meet with Cuban counterpart Raul Castro at the United Nations on Tuesday to discuss the new emerging relationship between the United States and Cuba.

In a schedule update released Sunday, the White House said that the president "will hold bilateral meetings with President Raul Castro of Cuba and President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan."

This will be the second face-to-face meeting between Obama and Castro since the U.S. and Cuba restored diplomatic relations in late 2014. The two also spoke by phone earlier this month, before the visit of Pope Francis to both Cuba and the United States.

The White House made the announcement as Obama flew to New York City for his annual visit to the United Nations.

The president is scheduled for a mid-afternoon address a meeting devoted to the U.N.'s global development agenda. Later in the day, Obama will visits the U.S. mission to the United Nations to meet with employees and their families.

Obama turns to domestic politics Sunday evening as he delivers remarks at a Democratic National Committee LGBT gala.

In addition to his annual address to the countries that make up the U.N. General Assembly -- something Obama will do Monday morning -- United Nations week gives the president a chance to meet one-on-one with a select group of other world leaders.

In addition to Castro and Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, Obama's meeting list this year includes India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a potentially tense session with Russia President Vladimir Putin.

Topics for the Putin meeting include U.S. objections for what it calls Russian aggression in Ukraine and concern about a Russian military build-up in Syria.

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