Obama to become first American President to visit Cuba in 88 years

Washington: US President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a historic visit to Cuba, becoming the first American president after Calvin Coolidge to visit the communist nation in 88 years.

“President Obama and the First Lady will travel to Cuba on March 21st and 22nd and Argentina on March 23rd and 24th,” White House said in a statement on Thursday.

“The President and First Family will meet with the new Argentine President, Mauricio Macri, to discuss President Macri’s reform agenda and recognize his contributions to the defense of human rights in the region,” it added.

In Cuba, Obama will work towards increasing cooperation between the two governments in a range of areas, including trade and investment, renewable energy and climate change, and citizen security.

In addition to holding meeting the Argentinian President, Obama will also hold a bilateral meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro and engage in ‘people-to-people’ ties with the members of the civil society.

Obama took to Twitter to announce the news. “We still have differences with the Cuban government that I will raise directly. America will always stand for human rights around the world,” he tweeted.

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