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Cubans hail historic Castro-Obama meeting

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 00:57

Havana residents say they're ''hopeful'' after the leaders of the U.S. and Cuba hold talks for the first time in more than 50 years. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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On the streets of Havana, Cubans celebrate the day's historic meeting between their president, Raul Castro, and U.S. President Barack Obama in Panama -- -- the highest-level talks between the two countries in nearly 60 years. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) RESIDENT, ISABEL PARADA, SAYING: "They should have done this a long time ago. All Cubans are at least hopeful of improved relations between the United States and Cuba because we're close neighbors." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) RESIDENT, PEDRO MIGUEL DIAZ, SAYING: "I think that it's extremely important that after so many decades, after all that has been said about us by the U.S. government, that today they're seated together. I think that's a good thing." Obama announced the policy change toward Cuba in December... ...saying the old approach of open hostility and economic sanctions had failed to bring about major change to the Communist regime. Since then, he has relaxed some restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba.

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Cubans hail historic Castro-Obama meeting

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 00:57