When the president of Cuba (Raul Castro) said he was ready to discuss any topic with the U.S. president, he meant he was not afraid of addressing any issueCastro says Obama misinterpreted remarks Apr 22, 2009
We've told the North American government, in private and in public, that we are prepared, wherever they want, to discuss everything -- human rights, freedom of the press, political prisoners -- everything, everything, everything that they want to discussCastro says Cuba ready to meet with U.S. Apr 17, 2009
A president is coming in who has raised a lot of expectations in many parts of the world, hopes that are too high, I thinkRaul Castro: Ready to talk to Obama Jan 03, 2009
It's one thing to say, `the government makes mistakes' or 'this thing doesn't work,' said Uva de Aragon of Florida International University's Cuban Research Institute.Cuban rock dissident is fined Aug 30, 2008
I have referred to an excess of prohibitions and regulations, and in the next few weeks we'll start lifting the most simple of themCuban hotels opened to Cubans Mar 31, 2008
Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz (born 3 June 1931) is a Cuban politician and revolutionary who has been President of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers of Cuba since 2008; he previously exercised presidential powers in an acting capacity from 2006 to 2008. Raúl Castro was a rebel commander during the 1950s; after his older brother, Fidel Castro, took power, Raúl Castro was one of the most important figures in the new regime, serving as Minister of the Armed Forces from 1959 to 2008. As President, he is Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, and Air Force) and has also been First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) since 2011.
On 31 July 2006, Raúl Castro was designated as the President of the Council of State in a temporary transfer of power due to Fidel Castro's illness. According to the Cuban Constitution of 1976, Article 94, the First Vice President of the Council of State assumes presidential duties upon the illness or death of the president.
Raúl Castro was officially elected as President by the National Assembly on 24 February 2008, after Fidel Castro, who was still ailing, announced his intention not to stand for President again on 19 February 2008.