Obama Writes Letter to Ileana Yarza

He replied to a letter by a 76-year-old housewife Ileana Yarza, who on February 18 invited Obama to visit her house and taste Cuban coffee.

Direct mail service between the U.S. and Cuba-which was stopped due to a letter bomb in 1960s- resumed Wednesday when a U.S. Postal Service plane carrying a batch of letters left the U.S. for the island nation located 90 miles south of Florida, the White House said. That collection of letters included one from President Obama to  Ileana Yarza.

US President is visiting Havana this weekend, first trip by a president in several decades.

“I have invited you to a cup of Cuban coffee at my place in Vedado, if and when you would finally come,” Yarza wrote in a letter posted on the White House blog. “I think there are not many Cubans so eager as I to meet you in person not as an important American personality but as a charming president whose open smile wins hearts” She felt, according to a report in ABC News.

“I hope this note — which will reach you by way of the first direct mail flight between the United States and Cuba in over 50 years — serves as a reminder of a bright new chapter in the relationship between our two nations,” Obama wrote in a letter dated March 14.

He added: “I am looking forward to visiting Havana to foster this relationship and highlight our shared values — and, hopefully, I will have time to enjoy a cup of Cuban coffee.”

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