Cuba’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Minrex in Spanish), has confirmed that U.S. president, Barrack Obama, will undertake an official visit to Cuba from March 21 – 22.
Josefina Vidal, Minrex Director General for the United States, said at a press conference that the government and people of Cuba would extend a most cordial welcome to the leader.
Vidal described the forthcoming visit as a further step towards the improvement of ties between the neighboring countries that would give Obama an opportunity to experience Cuban reality for himself and to discuss any issue he wished to, on the basis of mutual respect.
The official stated that the visit would also be an occasion for Cuba to demonstrate its willingness to build a new relationship based on the principles established by the United Nations Charter and the Declaration of Latin America as a Peace Zone.
Obama will be accompanied by his wife Michelle, on what will be the first visit by a U.S. president o Cuba since Calvin Coolidge attended the 1928 Annual International Conference of American States, more than 80 years ago.
Another figure with White House connections to visit Cuba, in 2002 and 2011, was ex-president Jimmy Carter (1977-1981).
During the last century a number of U.S. presidents were in the U.S. naval base on illegally occupied land in Guantanamo.
The first was William Taft in 1911, followed by Franklyn D. Roosevelt in 1939 and 1940 and Harry Truman in 1948.
More than 50 years after the U.S. unilaterally broke their ties to the island, Cuban president Raul Castro and his North American counterpart, Barack Obama, announced on December 17 2014 their decision to reestablish diplomatic relations.
Both leaders held official meetings during the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama and at the the U.N. headquarters in both April and September of 2015.
Cuba reopened an embassy in Washington on July 20 2015 and on August 14, U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, presided over the opening ceremony of the U.S. embassy in Cuba.
Cuban authorities continue to call for the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba by Washington for more than half a century because it is the principal obstacle to the normalization of bilateral relations.
They are also demanding the return of land illegally occupied by the North American Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, the cessation of illegal broadcasts to the island and their plans to subvert internal order on the Caribbean island.Share on FB Share on TT