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  • 09 / 22 / 2012

Louis Farrakhan, leader of the US-based Nation of Islam, met with President Raul Castro Thursday to discuss the future of US-Cuban relations, the US visitor told reporters.

In their two-hour meeting, Farrakhan said that Castro asked him to tell the world that Cuba is ready to talk with the United States without preconditions.

Cuba and the United States have had no diplomatic relations since 1961, and the Communist-led island has been under a US trade embargo since 1962.

The 79 year-old US activist, who heads the African-American religious movement founded in the US city of Detroit, also blasted the crudely-made amateur online video attacking the prophet Mohammed that has unleashed widespread protests in the Muslim world.

Farrakhan said that he believed the person who made the controversial video "The Innocence of Muslims" was ignorant about Islam and did not consider the consequences of his actions.

Farrakhan arrived on the island on Saturday and leaves on Friday.

Before meeting Castro on Thursday, Farrakhan delivered a lecture at the University of Havana.

Source: AFP

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