Landmark trip of Obama to Cuba begins

obamaEnding decades of cold war animosity, Barack Obama, the US president, has landed in Havana on Sunday evening, a trip described as landmark one- and he was warmly welcomed.

He was accompanied by his wife First Lady Michelle and two daughters Sasha and Malia, and key minister of his cabinet.

He became the first US president in 88 years to visit Cuba. Obama is not only the first sitting US president since Fidel Castro’s guerrillas overthrew the US-backed government of Fulgencio Batista in 1959, but the first since President Calvin Coolidge in 1928.

He was greeted on the tarmac by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, before loading into his bulky limousine, nicknamed “the beast.”

Seeking to leave a historic foreign policy mark in his final year in office, Obama will tour the newly reopened US embassy and old town Havana late yesterday, hold talks with Cuban President Raul Castro today and attend a baseball game before leaving tomorrow

Medaram Jathara

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