Agence France-PresseDecember 10, 2013 16:16
President Barack Obama's handshake with Cuba's President Raul Castro Tuesday at a memorial service for the late South African leader Nelson Mandela was not "planned," a US official said.
"Nothing was planned" beyond Obama's speech in honor of Mandela, deputy US national security advisor Ben Rhodes told reporters traveling home with Obama on Air Force One.
"When he went to the podium, he shook hands with everyone on his way to speak. Really, he didn't do more than exchange greetings with those leaders," Rhodes said.