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    Cuban President Raúl Castro Will Reportedly Visit the United States

    Cuban President Raúl Castro Will Reportedly Visit the United States
    BY TAYLOR WOFFORD 9/15/15 AT 2:27 PM

    Cuban President Raúl Castro will speak before the United Nations General
    Assembly in New York City on September 28, according to
    multiple reports. Castro’s visit will mark the first time a president of
    Cuba has publicly set foot on American soil since 1960, when President
    Fidel Castro, his elder brother, spoke before the United Nations.

    The announcement comes as tensions between the United States and Cuba
    continue to wane. The process began publicly last December when
    President Barack Obama announced his administration planned to set a
    “new course” on U.S.-Cuba relations. Soon after, the U.S. traded three
    Cubans convicted of spying in Miami for Alan Gross, an American aid
    worker convicted of espionage by a Cuban court in 2011. Since then, U.S.
    and Cuban delegations have met several times to discuss issues ranging
    from human rights, treatment of prisoners, trade, extradition and, most
    significantly, the U.S. embargo on Cuba, which the Cubans calls “the
    blockade.”

    Obama is also expected to speak before the General Assembly on September
    28, three days after Pope Francis addresses the body on September 25.
    Francis will visit Cuba from September 19 to September 22 before he
    arrives in the United States.

    U.S. law prohibits members of Cuba’s Communist party, of which Raúl
    Castro is the leader, from visiting the United States.

    An email to the Cuban Mission to the United Nations and a phone call to
    the Cuban Interest Section in Washington, D.C. were not immediately
    returned.

    Source: Cuban President Raúl Castro Will Reportedly Visit the United
    States – http://www.newsweek.com/raul-castro-visit-united-states-372455