President Obama to Visit Cuba Sunday
President Barack Obama travels to Cuba Sunday, becoming the first American leader to visit the communist-ruled island nation in almost 90 years.
Obama administration officials say the president will meet with Cuban President Raul Castro on Monday. He will meet with members of Cuban civil society, including human rights activists, and will give a speech to the Cuban people on Tuesday.
Ted Henken is a professor at Baruch College in New York. He has written about Cuba. He will be in the country during President Obama's visit.
He told VOA that the president is traveling to Cuba to ensure that relations between the United States and Cuba are not reversed when he leaves office. Henken said that Obama wants to speak directly to the Cuban people.
Henken added the president will meet and talk with whom "he chooses and not just with whom the government wishes him to meet with only."
He said that the president and his aides will work to convince Cuban officials to change their policies. He said they will not stop pushing for the nation to accept the American values of democracy and respect for human rights.
But Henken said "the president has made it very clear that it is the Cuban people who should and who will decide their future, and the United States will not be making demands on anyone in Cuba, but will be communicating a message of friendship, of assistance, of solidarity."
Henken said Obama will also explain to the Cuban people that the United States is not the reason for the island's poor economic conditions.
After his trip to Cuba, Obama will travel to Argentina. In his final months in office, he will also visit Canada and Peru.
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2.meet with 与...会晤；遇见
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3.civil society 民间团体
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1.Henken added the president will meet and talk with whom "he chooses and not just with whom the government wishes him to meet with only."
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2.He said they will not stop pushing for the nation to accept the American values of democracy and respect for human rights.
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美国政府表示，周一奥巴马总统将与古巴国务委员会主席劳尔·卡斯特罗举行会谈 。此外，他还将会见人权活动人士等古巴民间团体组织，周二奥巴马总统将向古巴人民发表演说 。
Ted Henken是纽约巴鲁克大学的一名教授 。他曾经发表过关于古巴一系列事件的文章 。他表示奥巴马总统访古期间自己也将前往古巴 。
接受美国之音采访时他表示，奥巴马总统此行是为了确保确保美古关系正常化“不可逆转” 。Henken表示，奥巴马总统希望直接与古巴人民对话 。
Henken表示，奥巴马总统希望可以说服古巴政府改变政治策略 。他说，他们将永不放弃直到古巴领导人接受“开放民主、尊重人权”的美国价值观 。
结束古巴访问后，奥巴马总统将前往阿根廷 。在他执政的最后几个月里，他还将访问加拿大和秘鲁 。