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Italian PM, Cuban President meet.

Rome, May 11 (BNA): Italy and Cuba are writing a new page of history, said Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the end of his meeting with Cuban President Raoul Castro on Sunday, according to the Italian News Agency (AGI).

"Today is a day of immense joy for us, for our governments which have worked to organise it during the past few months, and a day of joy for the many Italians who love Cuba and the many Cubans who love Italy," Renzi said.

He continued: "Today we can touch with hand that many things are changing as history follows its course and that we must be players in this history. Italy would like to be a driver of this new page of history and Cuba will surely be." "We want to join forces in combating injustice and poverty," Renzi added while announcing that Carlo Calenda, the Deputy Minister for Economic Development and Mario Giro, Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, will soon go on an official visit to Cuba.

During a press conference at Palazzo Chigi, Raoul Castro emphasised: "We should never have been placed on the list of terrorist countries. We've been on that list since Reagan's presidency. We hope to be deleted from it by May." The Cuban president continued: "We hope to be able to close the agreement with the European Union for which we have been working. I'm sure that we will be able to settle our differences with Italy, and especially with its current government," according to AGI.


BNA 0545 GMT 2015/05/11

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