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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Michelle Obama Appreciates Cuban People's Reception during Visit

Havana, Mar 22.- The US First Lady Michelle Obama thanked today the Cuban people for the hospitality and generosity shown during her family''s visit, and she wished for the relations to make the two peoples get closer.

During a ceremony in Old Havana, Michelle specially highlighted the talks with Cuban youngsters and hoped for more student contact in the future.

"I'm very grateful to all the people for sharing with me and my family the beauty of their culture, their history, their music and their food," she said.

In reciprocity, the First Lady gave a library in this capital a bench and two Magnolia trees, very common in US parks and gardens and even in the White House.

Representative of the Office of the Havana City's Historian, Lesbia Mendez, thanked Michelle Obama on behalf of Cuba and wished for this day to be remembered as a milestone in the two nations' rapprochement.

"We receive this present as an act of intention for the relations between the two governments to make progress based on mutual respect, equal footing and sovereignty," the Cuban official told Prensa Latina.

Both Mendez and the Michelle Obama also repudiated the terrorist attacks perpetrated today in Brussels, reuslting in 34 people killed and over 170 wounded.

The ceremony in Old Havana was part of Michelle Obama's agenda in Cuba, where she arrived on March 20 along with her daughters and husband Barack Obama, the first US president that visits Havana in nearly 90 years. (Prensa Latina)