By Justin Worland
March 17, 2016

President Barack Obama penned a reply to a Cuban letter writer that will arrive via the first U.S. mail flight to the Caribbean country in more than 50 years.

The letter comes just days before Obama is scheduled to visit Cuba on the first visit by a U.S. president to the county in nearly 90 years. Obama will meet with Cuban President Raul Castro, attend a state dinner and meet with Cuban dissidents during the trip.

The letter writer—76-year-old Ileana R. Yarza—said she had followed Obama’s political ascendency and wished he could have a third term.

“Thank you for your kind words,” Obama said in the letter. “I am looking forward to visiting Havana to foster this relationship and highlight our shared values.”

Write to Justin Worland at justin.worland@time.com.

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