President Obama will visit Cuba on 21-22 March as part his tour of Latin America. It will mark the first visit by a US sitting president since Calvin Coolidge in 1928.
The visit is expected to coincide with the signing of a peace deal between the FARC and Colombian government following talks which have been taking place in Cuba in recent years. He is also expected to have meetings with President Raúl Castro.
Josefina Vidal, Cuba’s lead negotiator with the US, said that ending the ongoing blockade and the return of Guantánamo Bay would be key topics of conversation during the visit.
Although the US president has recently laid out plans to close the US prison at Guantánamo, the US government has stated it has no intention of ending its occupation of the Cuban territory where the US have had a naval base since 1902.