Castro says Cuban system to stay
Cuban President Raul Castro says he is willing to enter into dialogue with the US but the island's communist system remains non-negotiable.
Mr Castro said he wanted to respond to recent overtures by Washington.
But in a speech that was given a standing ovation in parliament, he also emphasised that he had not been elected to return Cuba to capitalism.
US President Barack Obama has said he wants to "recast" relations with Cuba but the US has also called for reforms.
In his speech, Mr Castro acknowledged that there had been less aggression and anti-Cuban rhetoric under the Obama administration.
He is still alive, lol. Lets get those cigars back into the international market place.... Oh communist, well it does not matter its all about the cigars. seriously the embargo just does not make sense...