President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will head to Cuba for a state visit on Wednesday, as Trump prepares to deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
Trump and Pence are scheduled to be in Havana for the state visit.
Trump’s trip comes as the U.S. and Cuba remain at odds over the U-S-Cord, which has drawn criticism from some in the U: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who criticized the U.-S-cord on Thursday.
The U.K. and U.A.E. have also raised concerns about the accord, saying it will harm the economies of both countries.
U.B.C. Secretary for International Relations, Robert F. Kennedy, tweeted Wednesday that the two countries “have made significant progress” in their “relations.”
Kennedy also criticized the deal as “a step backward” and called on both sides to resume negotiations.
The White House and the State Department have not commented on the trip.
The Trump administration has long expressed its desire to work with Cuba to address human rights and civil rights, and the two sides have agreed to open up diplomatic relations in the coming weeks.
But both sides are not yet fully ready to resume those talks.
Trump has promised to “open up” U.T.O. to Cuban nationals who are in the country illegally.
That’s something many in the Cuban diaspora are concerned about, as well.
The Castro regime has said it wants to see Cubans return to the U, a position that Trump has called “ridiculous.”
The Cuban government has accused U.C.-Cuba relations of being in shambles, saying the Us. and Castro are using the talks to push for regime change.