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2/18/16

Cuba-USA: White House announces that Obama will visit Cuba in March

Barack Obama will end decades of cold war hostility and mistrust by visiting Cuba in March, a move set to go down as one of the foreign policy milestones of his presidency.

“Next month, I’ll travel to Cuba to advance our progress and efforts that can improve the lives of the Cuban people,” Obama wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

He will meet the Cuban president, Raúl Castro, but not his 89-year-old brother Fidel, who after the 1959 communist revolution became one of Washington’s most notorious bogeymen and a target for numerous assassination plots by the CIA. As Fidel’s health declined, Raúl took over the presidency and was officially elected in 2008.

Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser, told reporters at the White House: “I wouldn’t expect him to meet with Fidel Castro. Raúl Castro is the president of Cuba. He’ll certainly meet with President Castro.”

Read more: White House announces that Obama will visit Cuba in March | US news | The Guardian

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