- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) has met with Cuban President Raul Castro.

A spokesman for the mayor says the two men met for an hour Saturday at the Cuban Mission to the United Nations in New York. They discussed Cuban history, prekindergarten programs, health care and women’s rights.

Castro is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. He met with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) on Friday.

Peter Kadushin, de Blasio’s spokesman, says the mission invited the mayor to meet with Castro. He says the two men had a “productive exchange of ideas.”

De Blasio and Castro were joined by members of their families, as well as officials from their administrations.


This story has been corrected to show that the name of the office where the meeting was held is the Cuban Mission to the United Nations, not the Cuban Mission to the United States.

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