Cuban President Raul Castro lifts up the arm of President Barack Obama at the conclusion of their joint news conference at the Palace of the Revolution, Monday, March 21, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Cuba called Wednesday on U.S. President Barack Obama to make the former Cold War enemies' reconciliation "irreversible," as they marked one year since the restoration of diplomatic ties.With the United States hurtling toward its November presidential election, Josefina Vidal, Cuba's top diplomat for U.S. affairs, urged Obama to ensure his successor cannot undo the countries' historic rapprochement.Obama has relaxed portions of the U.S. embargo imposed since 1962, paving the way for visible changes.The United States for its part continues pushing Cuba to promise greater human rights protections – a message that has so far received a steely response from the Castro regime.
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