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First UK Foreign Secretary visit to Cuba since 1959

Philip Hammond has become the first British foreign secretary to visit Cuba since before the communist revolution of 1959.

Foreign secretary Hammond and Cuba's Foreign Minister Parrilla Credit: Enrique de la Osa/Reuters

Arriving in the capital Havana, Hammond said Britain was keen to forge "new links" with Cuba, and the two countries are "set to reach new cooperation agreements on energy, financial services, education and culture, to the benefit of both our nations".

His visit follows US President Barack Obama's historic visit last month intended to normalise relations between the two countries after decades of hostility.


Obama braves tropical downpour on first day of Cuba visit

President Obama braved a 'tropical downpour' on the first day of his official three-day state visit to Cuba.

Accompanied by his family Obama grabbed an umbrella and set off to see sights, including the Museum of the City of Havana, as he tried to squeeze as much into his short but historic trip as possible.

Obama waved at the crowds as he walked around Havana's old town Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Barria
The President was greeted by crowds of people keen to get a picture of him and his family Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Barria

The visit marks the first US presidential trip to Cuba in 88 years.

Obama makes first US presidential trip to Cuba in 88 years

President Barack Obama has made the first US presidential trip to Cuba in 88 years today, ending decades of hostility between the two nations in the wake of the Cuban revolution.

Arriving in Havana for the start of a three-day trip to cement the start of new relations between the two countries Obama publicly shared his excitement at touching down on Cuban soil by tweeting "Que Bola Cuba" which translates as "How's it going Cuba?"

Obama was met by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on his arrival but is due to be given a formal welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace on Monday where he will meet the country's President Raul Castro.

Video report by ITV News correspondent Juliet Bremner.

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