Obama to visit Cuba in March, pledges to address human rights

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Washington (AFP)

President Barack Obama announced Thursday he and First Lady Michelle Obama will make a landmark visit to Cuba on March 21-22, pledging to address human rights as America pursues a historic thaw with its former Cold War foe.

"Next month, I'll travel to Cuba to advance our progress and efforts that can improve the lives of the Cuban people," the US leader said in one of a series of tweets.

"We still have differences with the Cuban government that I will raise directly. America will always stand for human rights around the world."