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Obama becomes first US president to visit Cuba after 1928

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Published on 21 March 2016 2:51 PM GMT

Obama becomes first US president to visit Cuba after 1928
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Havana: US President Barack Obama made a historical visit to Cuba by landing there, on Sunday, with his wife Michael Obama and daughters Natasha and Malia.

The American delegation of 800 to 1,200 estimated officials flew to Havana this weekend, intent on closing a final chapter in cold war history of both the countries.

Obama while travelling to the country tweeted "Que bolá Cuba?" which was an informal greeting for the Cubans saying "just touched down here, looking forward to meet and hear directly from the Cubans."

The US President thinks that this step will open up the closed doors amity between Cuba and United States. Obama also greeted US embassy staff and their families present to watch him as he arrived, by telling them that it was a historic visit and an opportunity to meet the Cubans.

Before his departure on Tuesday, Obama will watch the Cuban national baseball team play the Tampa Bay Rays, in town for an exhibition game as US had promised to promote Cuban baseball team by relaxing the immigration terms for the players.

Important facts of Obama's Visit:

  • Barack Obama is the first American president to visit Havana after 1928 when Calvin Coolidge visited there on a battleship.
  • Cuban President Raul Castro will formally welcome the American President on Monday.
  • This visit is supposed to open new channels for American business in the country with new investments coming from American ventures.
  • U.S. officials hope that the new investments from American firms will help the Island's economy to open up after the decades of isolation.

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