President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro spoke by phone Wednesday before leaving Washington for the President’s trip to Jamaica and Panama, according to CNN.
The two leaders will meet in Panama at the Summit of the Americas.
Obama is set to meet face-to-face with Raul Castro on Friday. It is the first time the leaders have interacted since their nations agreed to renew diplomatic relations after half-a-century of hostility, states CNN.
Secretary of State John Kerry and his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez have already met, according to Al Jazeera. They met on the eve of the summit, on Thursday.
“It was the first time the chief diplomats from the two nations met since 1958, one year before Fidel Castro’s revolutionary guerrillas came to power,” stated Al Jazeera.