President Barack Obama Visits Cuba

Cuban President Raul Castro, left, shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama during a meeting in Revolution Palace, Monday, March 21, 2016. Brushing past profound differences, President  Obama and President Castro sat down for a historic meeting, offering critical clues about whether Obama's sharp U-turn in policy will be fully reciprocated. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)

Cuban President Raul Castro, left, shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama during a meeting in Revolution Palace, Monday, March 21, 2016. Brushing past profound differences, President Obama and President Castro sat down for a historic meeting, offering critical clues about whether Obama’s sharp U-turn in policy will be fully reciprocated. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)

HAVANA (AP) — Presi- dent Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro emerged from two hours of meetings in Havana agreeing on at least one thing: The 54-year eco- nomic embargo of Cuba needs to end so the economic ties between the two nations can

improve.
At a mostly cordial but spir-

ited press conference after- ward, stark differences quickly emerged on issues of democra- cy and human rights. After un- expectedly agreeing to allow U.S. reporters to ask questions, Castro pushed back on ques-

tions about his government’s human rights record, including the imprisonment of protesters and dissidents.