13:52 Mar. 22, 2016
Obama makes historic visit to Cuba
President Barack Obama will meet with Cuban dissidents on Tuesday and watch a baseball game with the communist country's president after delivering a speech that will conclude his historic trip with a hopeful vision for future relations.
After a day spent tussling verbally with President Raul Castro over human rights, Obama will address the Cuban people in a speech from the Grand Theater of Havana that will be broadcast live by state media across the Caribbean island.
Obama, whose White House tenure ends in January, also will meet with civil society leaders at the U.S. embassy to back up his warning to Castro that a failure to improve Cuba's human rights record would hinder momentum toward ending the decades-old U.S. embargo.
The White House has not released a list of the activist leaders Obama plans to meet.
Obama's meeting with dissidents underscores lingering tensions between the former Cold War foes despite the rapprochement in 2014 that led to Sunday's one-time unthinkable arrival of Air Force One on Cuban soil.
It also reflects Obama's need to convince critics at home that his visit, the first by a U.S. president in nearly 90 years, would not be used to prop up the Castro government.