: Reuters: Obama to end Cuba trip with dissident meeting, baseball and hope

13:52 Mar. 22, 2016

Reuters: Obama to end Cuba trip with dissident meeting, baseball and hope

Cuban President Raul Castro (L) poses for a photograph with U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and U.S. President Barack Obama before a state dinner at the Palace of the Revolution March 21, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. (Getty Images)

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.

Read also President Obama to make a historic Cuba visit

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.

Read also First visit to Cuba by US leader in nearly 90 years is 'historic opportunity' says Obama

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.

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