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Venezuela's Pres. Maduro visits Cuba two days before Obama arrives

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, right, is received by Cuba's Vice President Miguel Diaz Canel upon arrival to Jose Marti International airport in Havana, Cuba, late Thursday, March 17, 2016. (Ismael Francisco/Cubadebate via AP)

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, right, is received by Cuba's Vice President Miguel Diaz Canel upon arrival to Jose Marti International airport in Havana, Cuba, late Thursday, March 17, 2016. (Ismael Francisco/Cubadebate via AP)

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has flown to Cuba for a meeting on the countries' economic ties just two days before Barack Obama becomes the first U.S. president to visit the island in nearly 90 years.

Maduro said the two countries would be reviewing their economic ties and "organizing our plans for cooperation." Venezuelan and Cuban officials offered no details of Friday's agenda, but Venezuela is struggling with a deep economic crisis.

Venezuela has been sending hundreds of millions of dollars in oil to Cuba each year in exchange for teams of doctors and other state workers to bolster Venezuelan government efforts.

Venezuela's relations with the U.S. remain tense even as Cuba works with the Obama administration to normalize ties.

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