Mayor Bill de Blasio meets with Cuban President Raul Castro

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NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has met with Cuban President Raul Castro.

A spokesman for the mayor says the two men met for an hour Saturday at the Cuban Mission to the United Nations in New York. They discussed Cuban history, prekindergarten programs, health care and women’s rights.

Castro is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. He met with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday.

Peter Kadushin, de Blasio’s spokesman, says the mission invited the mayor to meet with Castro. He says the two men had a “productive exchange of ideas.”

De Blasio and Castro were joined by members of their families, as well as officials from their administrations.

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