Handshakes between political enemies can have an immediate effect on the political climate around them and can change a country experiencing domestic political crisis or countries with historic enmity. We take a look at six of these memorable handshakes.
Uhuru and Raila
On March 9, 2018, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga met for the first time after a divisive election last year, which Mr Odinga boycotted and which Mr Kenyatta won with more than 98 percent of the vote.
They emerged together and shook hands later. The handshake literally united Kenyans, the shilling stabilised and a hope for a new Kenya was felt across the country.
The two leaders said the political differences that have divided more than four Kenyan generations “must now come to an end.”
The duo formed a 14-member advisory committee to work towards uniting the country and reforming public institutions.
Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in
On 27 April, 2018, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in met at the border between the two countries. Kim and Moon shook hands and held talks alone without their aides.
The two leaders agreed to work towards a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and an end to Korean war. The two Koreas have been in war for 68 years, technically.
Kim Jong Un becomes the first North Korean leader to visit South Korea for nearly 70 years. His visit signaled a new era in the Korean peninsula and created a hope for reunification.
Barack Obama and Raul Castro
On April 10, 2015, U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban counterpart Raul Castro shake hands before the inauguration of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, a symbolically charged gesture as the pair seek to restore ties between the Cold War foes.