Barack Obama in Cuba for historic visit



    Barack Obama in Cuba for historic visit

    March 21, Havana: United States President Barack Obama embarked a historic trip to Cuba for the talks with its communist leader.

    The three-day visit the first by a US president in 88 years, was unthinkable until Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in December 2014 to re-establish diplomatic ties.

    Speaking at the reopened US embassy in Havana, he called the visit "historic". He also spent time in the old city.

    Obama will meet President Raul Castro, but not retired revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, and the pair will discuss trade and political reform.

    The US president emerged smiling from Air Force One with First Lady Michelle and their daughters Sasha and Malia.

    Holding umbrellas, the party walked in light drizzle along a red carpet to be greeted by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, media reports said.

    "Back in 1928, President [Calvin] Coolidge came on a battleship. It took him three days to get here, it only took me three hours. For the first time ever, Air Force One has landed in Cuba and this is our very first stop."

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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