Emilio Estefan Weighs In on Barack Obama's Visit to Cuba

Emilio Estefan
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Emilio Estefan speaks during the 4th Annual People en Espanol Festival at Jacob Javitz Center on Oct. 18, 2015 in New York City.  

Emilio Estefan -- music producer and husband of Gloria Estefan -- said in an interview that President Obama's 48-hour visit to his native Cuba gave the island nation's citizens hope, but nothing more than that.

"Gloria and I want the best for Cuba, but we won't forget the pain that political prisoners have gone through," he said in a Spanish-language interview with El Nuevo Herald. "The visit does not mean that the Castro dictatorship has ended."

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Prior to his departure to Cuba, Obama held a meeting at the White House with Estefan and other artists who emigrated from Cuba. There, Estefan says he reiterated to the president the importance of a fair voting system within the Cuban government. "The word liberty means so much to me, and we all know that in our country, that does not exist. But I don't criticize anyone who goes. Neither Gloria nor I have a political agenda and we don't have any plans to go back to Cuba unless there is freedom."