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Cuba / Castro Interview / American Tourists #48616

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 18, 1977
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(Studio) Co-anchor takes tour of Cuba with Fidel Castro; topics of discussion incl. Castro's timetable with regard to relations with US.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(No location given) Details with regard to tour noted. Reporter asks Castro with regard to time- table for normalization of relations between Cuba and US. [CASTRO - (thru translator) will take 3 or 4 years, maybe length of Carter's term. Doesn't know if United States will be able to overcome own domestic difficulties in order to normalize relations Thinks there'll be resistance to relations Cuba wants relations but it will take time, patience and realistic analysis.] Reporter asks him to say something in English, as people have never seen him like this. [CASTRO - (In English) hasn't practiced English much. Gives best wishes to people of United States and wishes for friendship. Says Cubans will agree that they want to be friends with Americans] Children greet Castro with cry of "Fidel," but he notes he'd rather they say, "Long live the revolution."
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Studio) Over 300 Americans arrived in Cuba on Tuesday aboard cruise ship from New Orleans. 4 Cuban-born Americans not allowed off ship by Cuba authorities; had said they wanted to visit families.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reasoner, Harry;
Walters, Barbara

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