Obama announces historic visit to Cuba next month

NYC Havana Blog

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference after the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Rancho Mirage, California February 16, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday said he will visit Cuba on March 21 and 22 and meet with Cuban President Raul Castro, in the first U.S. presidential trip to the country in nearly 90 years as relations between the former adversaries thaw.

“Next month, I’ll travel to Cuba to advance our progress and efforts that can improve the lives of the Cuban people,” Obama wrote in a post on Twitter.

Obama said that while the United States still has differences with Cuba, it has already made significant progress in normalizing ties with the its former Cold War foe. The two nations made a surprise announcement in December 2014 that they would move to reopen ties.

“(Fourteen) months ago, I announced that we would begin normalizing relations with Cuba – and we’ve already made significant progress,” Obama wrote.

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