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dnmt U. S. president Barack Obama and family landing in Havana on Sunday the first time a US president has set foot in Cuba in eighty eight years , it is wonderful to be , and back in nineteen twenty eight president Coolidge came on a battleship , it took him three days to get here , it only took me three hours dnmt that historic three day trip is the culmination of a diplomatic opening announced by Obama and Cuban president Raul Castro in December twenty fourteen , after decades of animosity between the former Cold War foes , the visit is a major step in breaking the barriers to US Cuba trade and travel but there's still a long way to go says Reuters correspondent Daniel trata in her , eight in a couple of areas noticeably , restoring commercial airline service , but they lag behind in others citing a couple reasons for this , another American companies were not allowed to extend credit humans , but that's now changing under the most recent regulations issued by president Obama on Monday Obama will hold talks with Grohl Castro but not his brother Fidel Obama aides say one party rule will be up for discussion unit made it clear that it's not making any changes to it internal political system one party rule remains in effect , while there have been some openings in the small but growing private sector here , the state still controls large portions of , still controls the media political opposition is repressed , just before Obama the rival Cuban police detained about fifty people belonging to the leading dissident group of ladies and white , hundreds of pro government demonstrators breaking up the regular Sunday protest only this one more intense , she was among those detained on Sunday