Cuba is officially no longer on the “black list” of countries sponsoring terrorism against the USA. The order was signed today by the US Secretary of State John Kerry. By now, the path undertaken is that of a total thawing of relations between the two countries, following the announcement of the opening up of the respective embassy offices, seal which was made official in black and white today.
Cancelling Cuba from the list, in fact, was a condition posed by Raul Castro for the subsequent re-opening of the diplomatic offices, and the intention of transforming the project had been in fact expressed to Congress by President Obama, just 45 days ago. Today was the deadline set for Congress should it had wanted to oppose the decision. Deputies and senators had time up till yesterday to intervene, but have not done so, leading to believe that the process of detente between the two countries that have not shared diplomatic relations since 1961, is proceeding without any setback.
The historical turing-point sanctioned by a warm shaking of the hands and a bilateral meeting held between Obama and Castro, the first after 50 years. Both the presidents met and spoke in a summit meeting of the Americas held in Panama. Raul Castro had declared to the press that the two countries would have appointed their respective ambassadors soon after having removed Cuba from the “terrorist list”, which was sanctioned by a signature, which is the first step towards the lifting of embargoes that have been lasting for decades and which could finally lead the two countries to turning over to a new leaf.