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“Next month, I’ll travel to Cuba to advance our progress and efforts that can improve the lives of the Cuban people,” Obama posted on his Twitter page.
He pointed out that 14 months after he announced that the US would begin normalizing relations with Cuba, significant progress has been made.
But National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said the president will be pressing for more reforms when he makes the March 21-22 trip. The visit will come on the heels of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, which saw the re-opening of embassies in Washington and Havana, more than 50 years after last closing its doors; and a recent deal restoring commercial air traffic.
“There is much more that can be done – by the United States, and by the Cuban government – to advance this opening in ways that will be good for Cubans, and good for the United States. That is why President Obama is traveling to Cuba,” Rhodes said.