Obama's Cuba Trip Another Step in Creating Trust

© AFP 2022 / MARTIN BUREAUUS president Barack Obama speaks during a press conference on December 1, 2015 at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris
US president Barack Obama speaks during a press conference on December 1, 2015 at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris - Sputnik International
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President Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to Cuba will contribute to building trust between the United States and the Caribbean island nation, President and CEO of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Angela Franco told Sputnik.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Relations between the United States and Cuba began to improve after Obama announced in December 2014 a historic change in the US policy to include loosening of the US congressionally mandated trade and travel embargo on Havana.

"I think it’s going to be one more step in creating the trust that has been lost for so many years," Franco stated on Thursday. "I think this is going to be an ongoing process for both, for Cuba and for the United States."

Earlier on Thursday, the White House said Obama was scheduled to visit Cuba on March 21-22 in a first official visit by a US president since 1928.

"I think the fact the president is going to Cuba is just creating more awareness of everything that is happening around Cuba. The president is very much welcomed and appreciated in Cuba, he has a great support there," Franco added.

The two countries reopened embassies in their respective capitals in the summer of 2015, after more than 50 years of diplomatic non-engagement.

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