(Granma) – The U.S. President was welcomed at the José Martí International Airport by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Cuban Ambassador to the U.S. José Ramón Cabañas and the Charge d’affaires of the Embassy of the United States in Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis
The President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, landed at Terminal 1 of Havana’s José Martí International Airport on an official visit this Sunday, March 20.
The President is traveling to Cuba accompanied by his wife Michelle and his two daughters, Malia and Sasha, together with members of his cabinet and Republican and Democrat senators.
Barack Obama is the first U.S. President in office to visit the island in 88 years. The only other U.S. President to have done so was Calvin Coolidge, who arrived in Havana in January 1928 to attend the Sixth Pan-American Conference.
Obama’s visit to Cuba comes 15 months after the announcements by himself and President Raúl Castro regarding the decision to begin the process to reestablish diplomatic relations between the two countries, on December 17, 2014.
Among other high-level activities that have occurred since then, highlights include the visits by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla to Washington on July 20, 2015, and that by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Havana, on August 14, 2015.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, as well as governors from important states and U.S. businesspeople have also visited the island between 2015 and 2016.
The 44th President of the United States will undertake various scheduled activities during his visit. This Sunday, March 20, he will meet with staff at the U.S. Embassy in Havana and tour the historic center of the city, visiting the Cathedral of Havana – where he will meet with Cardenal Jaime Ortega Alamino, Archbishop of Havana – the Plaza de Armas, the City Museum, the Plaza Vieja and the Plaza de San Francisco de Asís.
Obama will also visit the José Martí Memorial, meet with Cuban businesspeople and hold official talks with Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, in the Palace of the Revolution.
On his last day in Havana, the U.S. President will offer a speech at the Alicia Alonso Grand Theatre of Havana, and participate in a friendly baseball game between the Major League Baseball team Tampa Bay Rays and a Cuban national team in the Estadio Latinoamericano baseball stadium.
U.S. President Barack Obama in Cuba for Official Visit
Havana, March 20 (RHC) – U.S President Barack Obama arrived in Havana on Sunday afternoon, for an official visit.
The U.S. President was received at Havana’s José Martí International Airport by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, and other Foreign Ministry officials, including Josefina Vidal, Director General for the United States, who has headed the Cuban delegation to most of the bilateral meetings taking place between the two countries since the historic announcement of December 17th, 2014, which marked the beginning of a process towards the normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations.
President Obama’s agenda in Havana includes official talks with President Raúl Castro on Monday, and tours of the Havana Cathedral, the Plaza de Armas square, around which the city was born, the Havana City History Museum, and other places. Obama is scheduled to pay tribute to Cuban National Hero José Martí, on Monday, prior to his meeting with Raúl Castro.
On Tuesday morning, President Obama will deliver a public address, which will be broadcast live on Cuban radio and television. In the afternoon, he is scheduled to attend a baseball game between the Cuban national team and the Tampa Bay Rays.
President Barack Obama is being accompanied on this historic visit to Cuba by his wife Michelle Obama, their two daughters, Malia and Sasha; members of his cabinet, and a congressional delegation made up of both, Democratic and Republican lawmakers.
The U.S. President’s visit to Cuba takes place 15 months after the December 2014 announcement of the re-establishing of U.S.-Cuba relations.
Barack Obama is the first U.S. president to visit Cuba after the 1959 triumph of the Revolution.
Prior to the U.S. President’s arrival in the Cuban capital, several Cuban officials offered statements to the Cuban and foreign press accredited to cover the visit. At one of those press conferences, Dr. Agustín Lage, Director of the Havana-based Center for Melecular Immunology, announced that U.S. patients will soon benefit from several Cuban biotechnology products, given that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has approved the registration of more than 30 Cuban patents for use in the United States.