es as Whats up Cuba? His historic visit m一码办理流程图 arks another huge improvement in relations between the countries after decades of being bitter enemies. Mr Obama is arrives in the capital alongside his family and a delegation of government officials, business leaders and civic groups. His three-day visit will include a meeting with Cuba’s president Ral Castro, 84. Mr Obama is also set to address the Cuban people and speak to those who risk the wrath of the authorities by opposing the Communist dictatorship. Umbrellas were the order of the day when the Obamas landed on Air Force One (Image: Getty Images) Obama and his wife Michelle approach Cubas foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez (left) (Image: Reuters) The reaction to the President’s visit ranges from cynicism to optimism. Cuban mum-of-one Marilyn Gonzalez, 41, told the Mirror: “All we are separated by is 90 miles of sea yet our worlds have been millions apart for too long. “The new relationship between our two great nations can only be good and I think most of my countrymen and women think it is positive. “There is no place in the modern world for such problems to exist any more. We must all live as one.” Mr Obama will also meet Havana’s Archbishop Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino who helped broker US-Cuba talks along with Canada and the Vatican. The plane
was seen earlier flying over Havana as it came in to land (Image: Reuters) Fidel Castro was Cubas leader for decades (Image: Getty
Images) US President, Calvin Coolidges arrival in Havana for Pan American Conference, 15 Jan 1928 (Image: Getty Images) The president is also lined up to watch a
game of baseball between the island’s national side and US team the Tampa Bay Rays. The countries restored diplomatic relations last summer. But in the US, Republicans say the new relationship should not have been pursued while the Castro family are still in power. Major differences remain, notably problems associated with the 54-year-old economic embargo of Cuba. Mr Obama has asked Congress to rescind it completely but has been blocked by the Republican leadership. Instead, he has used his executive authority to relax trade and travel restrictions. The US banned all travel to Cuba following the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. The 13-day stand-off between the US and Russia over the deployment of ballistic missiles in Cuba was the closest the Cold War came to escalating into nuclear war. America was reportedly behind 638 attempts to kill Fidel Castro after he seized power in 1959. One story was the CIA plotted to assassinate him with an exploding cigar. Photograph of President John Calvin Coolidge of the United States and President Gerardo Machado of Cuba (Image: Getty Images) Fidel resigned in 2008 and handed power to younger brother Ral. The White House said Mr Obama would not be meeting Fidel, 89. At the weekend it was announced US hotel group Starwood ha
d become the first American firm to agree a deal with the Cuban authorities since the revolution of 1959. Read more:Cuba travel tips It was hoped Mr Obama’s arrival would pass without the panic caused by the last visit by a sitting US president, Calvin Coolidge in 1928. When he sailed into Havana on battleship the USS Texas,
he was saluted by Cuban artillery. The American war ship returned the gesture – leading hundreds of onlookers to briefly think war had begun.