Obama Concludes Visit to Cuba

President Raul Castro came to say goodbye. Three days of a visit is a further step in the process of normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States

By: Yelanys Hernández Fusté

Email: yelanys@juventudrebelde.cu

2016-03-23 | 17:34:54 EST
President Raul Castro came to say goodbye. Three days of a visit is a further step in the process of normalization of relations between Cuba and the United StatesPresident Raul Castro came to say goodbye. Three days of a visit is a further step in the process of normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States Photo: Estudios RevoluciónZoom
After three days in which he could see first-hand the Cuban reality, a few minutes after four in the afternoon of Tuesday, President Barack Obama ended his visit to Cuba, considered a step in the normalization of bilateral relations between Washington and Havana.
The president was seen off at the Jose Marti International Airport by Cuban President Raul Castro, who was present at the most important moments of the agenda followed by President Obama in the Cuban capital.
On Tuesday morning, President Obama "spoke to the Cuban people" from the Alicia Alonso Gran Teatro de La Habana, and there was the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, as well as leaders of the Cuban state and representatives of society civil, which has more than two thousand organizations, associations and societies of various kinds.
US President transmitted to the Cubans a greeting of peace from the American people and made a call to consider the commonalities both countries share.
The history of the Cuban nation, he acknowledged, is of struggle and sacrifice. It´s time to see a future of hope, it will not be easy, it will bring challenges; however, he stressed, "My stay here gives me hope in what we can do together as friends, family, neighbours."
Just before his speech from the García Lorca Hall of the majestic Coliseum, the head of the White House greeted the prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso, director of the National Ballet of Cuba (BNC) and icon of world dance, known in his country for her successful spell at the American Ballet Theatre first, and for the exchange she has subsequently held with important leading figures of that nation.
Just as expected Obama attended in the early afternoon a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays team and a Cuban selection. In the newly renovated Latin American Stadium, the US president again met Raul, whom he greeted. They sat together, accompanied by the wife of the US president and his daughters.
Both the Cuban and foreign media correspondents accredited in Havana who covered the event, and came from no less than 50 countries, were waiting for a meeting between Fidel and Obama.
In an ABC interview President Obama, when asked whether he would meet with Fidel Castro, replied: "I´d be happy to meet him, as a symbol of the end ... of the Cold War."
Obama after saying goodbye to Cuba went to Argentina, a nation that for over two decades has not been visited by an American president.
Translated by ESTI

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