Havana_ US President Barack Obama will begin an official visit today to Cuba until March 22nd, heading a large delegation of cabinet officials, members of the Congress and business people, Prensa Latina reports.

Today Obama will give a tour of Habana Vieja and visit the Cathedral of Havana and tomorrow the formal diplomatic ceremonial will be held. He will also hold official talks with Cuban President Raul Castro, which will be followed by the statements by the two leaders to the media.

According to the Cuban Foreign Ministry, on Tuesday March 22nd, Obama will give a speech at the Gran Teatro Alicia Alonso before a large representation of Cuban civil society.

"We will receive US President Barack Obama with the hospitality that distinguishes Cuba and with the respect and consideration he deserves as head of State", Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said last Thursday.

Obama was elected as 44th US President on November 4, 2008, he took on power on January 20, 2009, and in 2012 elections he was reelected for a new term, which will end in January 2017.

The visit of Obama to Cuba, accompanied by his wife Michelle and their two daughters Malia and Sasha, will be the first of a US president in almost 90 years, following Calvin Coolidge's participation in the Sixth Annual International Conference of American States, held in Havana in January 1928.

More than 50 years after the United States broke ties with Cuba, Cuban President Raul Castro and US President Barack Obama announced on December 17, 2014 the decision to reestablish diplomatic relations.

Both leaders held official meetings during the 7th Summit of the Americas in Panama, and at the United Nations headquarters, in April and September 2015, respectively.

Cuba and the United States reestablished diplomatic relations on July 20, 2015 and the two interests sections became embassies in their respective capital cities.

Cuban authorities consider the economic, commercial and financial blockade, set up by the United States against Cuba for more than 50 years, as the main obstacle to normalize bilateral ties.

They also claim the return of the territory illegally occupied by the United States Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, as well as the end of illegal broadcasting to Cuba and programs to subvert the political system in the country.

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