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Jamaica hails Obama's Cuba visit

Published:Monday | March 21, 2016 | 3:33 PM
Cuba's President Raul Casro (left) walks with US President Barack Obama, as they inspect the guard in Revolution Palace in Cuba today.

The Government of Jamaica has welcomed the historic visit to Cuba by United States (US) president Barack Obama.

President Obama is in Cuba for a three-day visit and talks with its communist leader.

He is the first sitting US president to visit since the 1959 revolution, which heralded decades of hostility between the two countries.

A release from the foreign affairs ministry says Jamaica commends President Obama and President Raul Castro for their fixity of purpose, commitment and the political will to forge ahead in the improvement of bilateral relations in the best interest of their countries.

The ministry notes that Jamaica values highly the close and friendly relations shared with both Cuba and the United States.

It says it’s hoped that the exchange of views between President Obama and President Castro during this historic visit will mark another turning point in US/Cuba relations, which will promote greater stability and growth in the region.

The two leaders are due to meet later today to talk about trade and to hold a joint news conference.

Their meeting at the Palace of the Revolution will be closely scrutinised for signs of how much practical progress has been made.

Ahead of the meeting, President Obama said he believed that change is going to happen and Raul Castro understands that.