Former Cuban President Fidel Castro(R) listens to Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff(L) during a meeting in Havana on January 27, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/CUBADEBATE/ALEX CASTRO)
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Cuban President Raul Castro called on Latin American and Caribbean leaders Tuesday to work together on pressing regional problems at a gathering of all Western Hemisphere nations except the U.S. and Canada.In his keynote speech as head of the host nation for the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or CELAC for its initials in Spanish, Castro argued that the bloc should aspire to unity despite diversity, describing it as "the legitimate representative of the interests of Latin America and the Caribbean". OAS Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza attended the summit Tuesday as an observer, believed to be the first visit by a secretary-general to Cuba since its founding in 1948 .On Tuesday, Castro met with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for 55 minutes during which they discussed a "wide range of topics," Ban's office tweeted.
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