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Obama to Meet Raul Castro on Saturday

Friday, 10 Apr 2015 01:28 PM

The White House says President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro will see each other on Saturday.

A formal meeting set for a specific time is not planned, says Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security adviser. But Rhodes says officials anticipate the two leaders will have an opportunity to "see each other" and have a discussion Saturday, the final day of the Summit of the Americas.

Obama and Castro spoke by telephone on Wednesday before Obama left Washington.

They also spoke by phone in December, when both leaders announced their intent to restore diplomatic relations between their countries.

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Amid their diplomatic dealings, Obama and Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela are overseeing some commercial business.

The two presidents stood by as the CEOs of Boeing and Copa Airlines signed a deal for the Panamanian airline to purchase 61 of the U.S. airplane giant's 737 aircraft. The companies say it's the largest commercial deal between a U.S. and Panamanian company in history.

Obama says it means 12,000 jobs in the United States. White House spokesman Josh Earnest followed up with a bigger number — 40,000 U.S. jobs that he said will be not just at Boeing, but engine-maker General Electric and other businesses involved in the supply chain.

The sale is a significant one for Chicago-based Boeing but by no means its largest. The biggest single 737-MAX order has come from Indonesia's Lion Air, which is seeking 201 planes although many analysts suspect the airline won't ultimately take delivery of them all.

The new 737-MAX jets have a list price of $106.9 million to $113.3 million, although airlines often negotiate steep discounts.


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