US: Castro message ‘positive sign’

A poster of former Cuban President Fidel Castro is seen at the entrance of a hotel in Havana, on January 19, 2015The United States welcomed Tuesday former Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s belated response to the thaw in ties between the Cold War foes as a sign that change is underway in Havana. “We take his reference of ‘international norms and principles’ as a positive sign,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, after Castro’s letter was released. The 88-year-old and still influential former leader released his letter to state media late Monday, after last week’s historic first round of talks on restoring diplomatic ties between America and Cuba.