His­toric visit

US Pres­i­dent Obama vis­its Cuba in Show Of im­prov­ing re­la­tions

Virtuozity - - The Humidor -

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.

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