Barack Obama will travel to Cuba in March, not after his term ends, as was rumored in recent months. This turn marks a further acceleration of the re-establishment of relations between the U.S. and Cuba.
Developments in this direction follow one another almost every day. In the last week, the two countries restored regular flights, the Washington Chamber of Commerce received Cuban Trade Minister Rodrigo Malmierca with great pomp and a group of American industrialists went to Cuba to demand a speedy end to the embargo. After that, Cuba was the focus of religious dialogue with the historic meeting between Pope Francis and Orthodox Patriarch Kirill.
Friends of Cuba and those who have always opposed the embargo rejoice. The economic blockade is loosening gradually, and soon the U.S. Congress may decree a definitive end.
It will be interesting to hear what Obama himself will say about it in Havana. He is also expected to make a pronouncement on the fate of the Guantanamo Bay military base that Cubans demand returned to them, as required by an old treaty ignored by Washington. And from the Cubans, the U.S. wants their blessing for a meeting between Obama and internal opposition groups.