Obama greets Cuban president at Mandela's memorial

Source: POOL/CNN
Source: POOL/CNN

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (WFLX) - Thousands of people, including world leaders, family and friends, stood in line for a seat at Nelson Mandela's memorial Tuesday.

People converged on the stadium in Soweto, the township in Johannesburg that was the stronghold for support for the Anti-Apartheid struggle Mandela embodied.

Although, a steady rain kept many away, the 95,000 capacity stadium began to fill during the ceremony. Leaders from around the world attended, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. President Obama attended, as well.

Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shook hands at the memorial service. Castro smiled during the handshake as President Obama made his way to the podium to speak.

It was somewhat of a symbolic moment.

More than 50 years after the Cuban Revolution, the U.S. and Cuba don't have a diplomatic relationship. Despite the fact Obama eased economic embargo and travel restrictions against Cuba, relations are still tense.

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