December 10, 2013 / 11:38 AM / in 4 years

Obama shakes hand of Cuba's Raul Castro at Mandela memorial

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama shook the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro at a memorial to Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, an unprecedented gesture between the leaders of two nations which have been at loggerheads for more than half a century.

Castro smiled as Obama shook his hand on the way to the podium to make a speech at the commemoration for former South African President Mandela, one of the world’s greatest peacemakers who died on Thursday.

Reporting by Pascal Fletcher and Ed Cropley

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