Obama willing to meet with Fidel Castro
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President Obama said Monday he is willing to meet with Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro if the 89-year-old is healthy enough for it. 

“You know, if his health was good enough that I could meet with him, I’d be happy to meet with him,” Obama said in an interview when asked by ABC News’s David Muir.

“Just as a symbol of the end of — or the closing of this Cold War chapter in our mutual histories.”

Asked if a meeting could happen, Obama said, “I have no idea.”

“It’s not clear to me what the state of his health is.”

White House officials previously ruled out a meeting between Obama and the former Cuban president during his two-day trip to Cuba, the first by a sitting U.S. president in 88 years. 

The ailing Castro handed over power to his younger brother, Raúl, in 2008 and is now rarely seen in public. 

During a press conference at in Havana, the president hailed his trip as “a new day” for the two former Cold War foes. 

Obama’s visit is intended to cement his new policy of openness toward Cuba, which includes more permissive trade and travel policies and the restoration of formal diplomatic relations.