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The moment the cameras were waiting for US president Barack Obama and Cuban presient Raul Castro shaking hands at the opening of the Americas summit in PanamaAfter more than 50 years of hostilites between the two countries, Cuba has been invited in out of the cold.Earlier, Obama had expressed his hope for a fresh beginning"As the united states begins a new chapter in our relationship with Cuba, we hope it will create an environment that improves the lives of the Cuban people not because its imposed by us the united states but through the talent and ingenuity and aspirations and the conversation among Cubans"The two former foes made headlines when they shook hands at Nelson Mandela's funeral They are now set to meet for informal talks on the sidelines of the summitIt comes as the US State Department announced it had recommended Cuba be taken off its list of state sponsors of terrorism.Just before the opening of the summit, Obama set the tone, declaring that the days of US interference in the region were over"We are respectful of the differences among our countries . The days in which our agenda in this hemisphere so often presumed that the united states could meddle with impunity - those days are past"In the days that lie ahead, hope that after half a century of estrangement Cuba and the US can restore diplomatic ties.

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The moment the cameras were waiting for US president Barack Obama and Cuban presient Raul Castro shaking hands at the opening of the Americas summit in PanamaAfter more than 50 years of hostilites between the two countries, Cuba has been invited in o

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