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Saturday, December 19, 1998 Published at 21:27 GMT

World: Americas

Castro says sorry to Mexico

The Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, has apologised for recent remarks about Mickey Mouse which led Mexico to recall its ambassador from Havana.

President Castro said no offence was intended when he told regional finance ministers earlier this month that Mexican children would find it easier to name Disney characters than to recount key figures in Mexican history.

He said his remarks were meant to underline the cultural domination of the United States.

The apology was read out by the Cuban foreign minister, Roberto Robaina, during a visit to Mexico.

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