Fidel Castro mocks Obama over 'guayabera' diplomac
Havana: Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel
Castro has mocked the idea that US President Barack Obama
could wear a "guayabera" shirt at an upcoming Americas summit
in Colombia, while opposing Cuba's presence at the event.
News reports have said a noted Colombian designer is
making a series of guayaberas for Obama to wear at the summit
of the Americas in Cartagena, April 14-15.
Castro, whose brother Raul formally succeeded him as
president in 2008, offered a history lesson on the origins of
the light, tropical shirt, asserting that it was created in an
area of Cuba that is watered by the Yayabo River.
"That's why they were originally called yayaberas," he
wrote in an article published in the Cuban press.
Other accounts say the shirt's name may have come from
the guayabas, or guavas, that could be carried in the large
pockets that are sewn into the shirt's pleated front.
"What's curious, dear readers, is that Cuba is forbidden
from attending this meeting, but not the guayaberas. Who can
stop laughing?" Castro said.
The United States and Canada have opposed Cuba's
participation in the meeting, which brings together 34 heads
of state and government to discuss regional cooperation and a
reduction of physical barriers to integration.
Other Latin American countries had pressed for Cuba's
inclusion in the summit, but Washington has been reluctant to
end a five decade old policy of isolating the only one-party
communist state in the Americas.
Castro, while president, delegated his duties to Raul in
2006 in what was said to be a temporary transfer of powers but
the move became permanent two years later.