Cubans are welcoming President Obama’s decision to remove the country from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
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.
The proposal still has to pass through congress but it is unlikely lawmakers will block the move.
Put simply, POTUS is acting to remove #Cuba from the State Sponsor of Terrorism list because Cuba is not a State Sponsor of Terrorism— Ben Rhodes (@rhodes44) April 14, 2015
On the streets of Havana Cubans reacted positively to the news.
“We’re not terrorists. On the contrary we support peace and tranquility,” said one woman.
And this man sees the changes the move is expected to bring.
“It implies development, progress on an economic and social level, everything, it’s great that it’s happened.”
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.