Cuba: Obama brings a new phase of relations looms

NEW HOLLAND Q4 2018 ENG

The US president, Barack Obama, has already landed in Havana. It is a historic official visit. It´s almost 90 years ago that a leader of that country was not above the island. The event occurs after deciding both governments restore diplomatic relations after more than 50 years of break.

On arrival at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, the head of state was received under a light rain by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and other Cuban and US officials.

From the steps of the aircraft, Obama greeted those present at the airport with his wife, Michelle Obama, both sheltered under black umbrellas. Obama is also accompanied by her two daughters Malia and Sasha; Secretary of State John Kerry; and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker; and other officials, congressmen and businessmen.
President of Cuba, Raul Castro, today officially receive his US counterpart, Barack Obama, who will hold talks in the context of the first visit by a US president to the island in almost 90 years.

During the second day of stay in Havana, Obama will honor the National Hero José Martí at the mausoleum dedicated to the Cuban independence hero at the Revolution Square, site of the Executive, and perform other activities.

According to the planned schedule before leaving Argentina tomorrow to deliver a speech at the Grand Theater of Havana Alicia Alonso and witness a match between Cuba and baseball team Great American League Tampa Bay Rays.

This visit of the US president to the Caribbean nation is an important process which began on December 17, 2014, when Presidents Obama and Raul Castro announced the decision to restore diplomatic relations after more than 50 years of break time. The two leaders held official meetings during the Seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama and the United Nations headquarters, in April and September 2015 respectively.

The two countries resumed diplomatic relations on July 20, 2015 and became sections of interest embassies operating in their respective capitals.

Source: Prensa Latina

 

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