Published On: Mon, Mar 21st, 2016

Historic day for Cuba – Historic day for the Caribbean

obama_arrives2HAVANA - US President Barack Obama arrived in Havana some minutes before four on Sunday afternoon for a three day official visit to Cuba.

Obama was welcomed by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, accompanied by Josefina Vidal, head of the US Department at the Cuban Foreign Ministry, and Jose Ramon Cabañas, Cuban ambassador to Washington.

US charge d'affaires Jeffrey DeLaurentis was also on the tarmac of the Havana's Jose Marti International Airport, along with officials from the two nations.

Obama and the delegation that traveled with him to Cuba will have a tight agenda that includes meetings with Cuban President Raul Castro, visits to Old Havana, and attendance at a baseball game between a Cuban team and the MLB Tampa Bay Rays, which will arrive in Havana on Monday.

Obama will also meet with the Cuban civil society at the Alicia Alonso Theater in Havana and will address the nation live from there.

Obama' historic visit with his family is the first visit to Cuba by a sitting president some 88 years after Calvin Coolidge made the last such visit.

The trip takes place barely 15 months after the announcements of December 17, 2014, when Castro and Obama announced the decision to restore diplomatic relations, broken off over five decades beforehand.

The three-day visit is an important step on the road to improve the ties between the two countries, and to get closer to the ultimate goal of normalizing relations.

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