Jill Biden, vice-president's wife, visits Cuba

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of United States Vice President Joe Biden, smiles as she walks next to the Director General of the U.S. division at Cuba's Foreign Ministry, Josefina Vidal, right, on the tarmac of Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Biden is on a three day visit to Cuba. (Ismael Francisco/Cubadebate via AP)

HAVANA - Jill Biden, the wife of Vice-President Joe Biden, is visiting Havana in one of a series of high-level visits planned in the waning months of the Obama administration.

Biden, a teacher, was accompanied by State Department officials responsible for educational and women's issues. She visited a teachers' college and toured Havana's historic centre and planned to attend a friendly game between the U.S. and Cuban men's national soccer teams later Friday.

The Obama administration is eager to bolster its detente with Cuba by sending high-ranking officials to Havana and welcome members of President Raul Castro's government to Washington. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman also visited Havana this week.

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