President Barack Obama lands in Cuba for a 'historic' visit

Havana: President of the United States Barack Obama arrived in the Cuban capital of Havana on Sunday afternoon for what he described a 'historic' visit.

President Obama, First Lady Mitchelle and their two daughters Sasha and Malia descended from Air Force One holding umbrellas amid the light drizzle.

"Que bola Cuba?," Obama tweeted as he touched down in Havana.

"Back in 1928, President Coolidge came on a battleship. It took him three days to get here, it only took me three hours. For the first time ever, Air Force One has landed in Cuba and this is our very first stop," Obama joked as he met staff from the US embassy, BBC reported.

Obama is on a three-day visit to Cuba, where he 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.

According to reports, President Obama in addition to holding bilateral meeting with the Cuban President Raúl Castro on Monday, is also scheduled to give a live speech on Cuban television and attend a baseball game before leaving for Argentina on Tuesday.

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