US President Barack Obama waves after his arrival on Jose Marti Airport in Havana. Photo: EPA
US President Barack Obama waves after his arrival on Jose Marti Airport in Havana. Photo: EPA

Obama lands in Cuba to begin historic visit

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama has arrived in Cuba for an official two-day visit to seal the process of rapprochement with the Communist-ruled country.

He  is accompanied by his wife Michelle, his daughters Malia and Sasha, and his mother-in-law Marian Robinson.

The visit of Obama to Cuba from March 20-22 is the first visit of a US president to Cuba since US President Calvin Coolidge's visit 88 years ago. 

The nations became estranged during the Cold War-era, when the Cuban revolution ousted a pro-American government in 1959.

The two-day trip is the culmination of a diplomatic opening announced by Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro in December 2014.

The Washington Post said for Obama, the trip is affirmation of his foreign policy vision and could encourage a generational change within the walls of one of America's longest and most bitter adversaries.


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