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Havana welcomes President Obama's decision to remove Cuba from list of state sponsors of terrorism

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By Euronews  with REUTERS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Havana welcomes President Obama's decision to remove Cuba from list of state sponsors of terrorism

<p>Cubans are welcoming President Obama’s decision to remove the country from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. </p> <p>The move was widely predicted after Obama’s historic meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro at the Summit of the Americas in Panama at the weekend. </p> <p>The proposal still has to pass through congress but it is unlikely lawmakers will block the move.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p>After careful consideration, the time has come to rescind <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cuba?src=hash">#Cuba</a>’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. <a href="http://t.co/EesSIIG5Ek">http://t.co/EesSIIG5Ek</a></p>— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnKerry/status/588076665202470912">14 Avril 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="el"><p>Put simply, POTUS is acting to remove <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cuba?src=hash">#Cuba</a> from the State Sponsor of Terrorism list because Cuba is not a State Sponsor of Terrorism</p>— Ben Rhodes (@rhodes44) <a href="https://twitter.com/rhodes44/status/588058882938904579">April 14, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>On the streets of Havana Cubans reacted positively to the news.</p> <p>“We’re not terrorists. On the contrary we support peace and tranquility,” said one woman.</p> <p>And this man sees the changes the move is expected to bring.</p> <p>“It implies development, progress on an economic and social level, everything, it’s great that it’s happened.”</p> <p>Cuba’s removal from the list will pave the way for the restoration of normal diplomatic relations and the reopening of embassies after more than half a century of mistrust and isolation.</p>