The U.S. President will visit Cuba for the first time since Calvin Coolidge


U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday that in March will pay a visit to Cuba, where he will meet with President Raul Castro, according to Reuters. The trip is scheduled for March 21 and 22.

In its official Twitter Obama wrote that he goes to Cuba to promote the progress [of bilateral relations], and to develop efforts that will help to improve the lives of the Cuban people.

Next month, I’ll travel to Cuba to advance our progress and efforts that can improve the lives of the Cuban people.

— President Obama (@POTUS) 18 February 2016

The visit of the American President to Cuba will become a part of his Latin American tour.

In December, Obama said expects to visit Cuba in 2016, but only if sufficient progress is made in bilateral relations, Reuters reminds.

In July last year, the U.S. and Cuba have restored diplomatic relations that were severed in 1961. This was preceded by the first for more than 50 years of full-fledged negotiations between the two leaders, Barack Obama and Raul Castro at the summit of the Americas in Panama in April 2015.

Obama will become the first American President to visit Cuba in nearly 90 years. To him Cuba was only the 30th U.S. President Calvin Coolidge, who ruled the country from 1923 to 1929. Coolidge visited Cuba in 1928, after none of the American presidents have not been to visit in Cuba, the Agency said.