US President Obama visits Cuba in Show Of improving relations
US President Barack Obama made history last month after he became the first sitting american president in 88 years to arrive in cuba.
the President’s short visit to Havana was aimed at strengthening ties between the US and cuba, following a statement in december 2014 that the administration intended to renew diplomatic relations. indeed, american businesses are keen on the idea already— Obama brought with him to Havana a delegation of nearly 40 members of congress, plus a group of american business leaders. it was the largest delegation that the Obama administration had sent anywhere.
Obama held a joint press conference with cuban leader raul castro, and went on tours of Old Havana, laying a wreath at the memorial for Jose marti. the two had previously met in Panama during a summit in april 2015.
“For more than half a century, the sight of a US president here in Havana would have been unimaginable. But this is a new day. es un nueva dia,” said Obama at the press conference.
“We have a half a century of work to catch up on. this is a moment filled with great emotion. For many, this is a time of new hope.”
Obama added that US airlines would begin direct commercial flights to cuba this year, and that the administration was working on how to go about lifting the embargo. naturally, this will have a far-reaching impact on the cuban cigar industry, which is already gearing up for an eventual entrance into the enormous american market.