Cuban President Raul Castro on Monday received his counterpart, Barack Obama, at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, as part of the first official visit by a North American president to the island in 88 years.
A ceremonial band awaited Obama on the staircase of the seat of the Council of State, where he received the honors due his rank.
The conversations between Castro, 84, and Obama, 54, took place behind closed doors on the first of the two official days of this historic trip.
This is the third meeting between both men, after they met in April 2015 in Panama City during the 7th Summit of the Americas and in September 2015 in New York during the UN General Assembly.
Prior to the meeting, the U.S. president, who arrived in Cuba on Sunday with his wife and children, paid tribute to Cuban hero José Martí (1853-1895) at the memorial in his honor in the Plaza de la Revolución.