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.