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Is Barack Obama welcomed by Cubans?

President Obama will pay a state visit to Cuba on Monday and Tuesday.

This comes months after the two countries agreed to restore diplomatic ties after half a century of Cold War-era antagonism.

SOUNDBITE: Cuban citizen
“We look forward to Obama’s visit. I believe all Cubans welcomes him. We have many things to share with each other, no matter what our ideologies are.”

SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): JOHN GILBERDUM, American tourist
“It’s a wonderful event and President Obama is doing the right thing.”

“I believe it’s a positive move. I believe it will help promote bilateral ties.”

SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): JOHN GONZALEZ, American tourist
“Part of this approach is fifty percent for the show, and fifty percent really they trying to do something.”

SOUNDBITE: Cuban citizen
“It’s going to be a turning point for Cuba-U.S. ties.”

With warming ties, many Cubans and Americans believe Obama’s trip could further boost tourism in both countries.

SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): SAM EDWY, American tourist
“With Obama coming probably it might more free for the Cuban people to visit America and American people could visit here. I think it’s a good thing.”

SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): HELEN WEI, American tourist
“Cuba is a beautiful country with really friendly people and clearly has a lot of great history that I think a lot of tourist would like to see it.”

Five days before arriving in Havana, Obama lifted some of the travel, trade and financial restrictions on Cuba.

But both Cubans and Americans we spoke to also say, they hope Washington could lift all embargoes on the Caribbean nation once and for all.

SOUNDBITE: Cuban citizen
“I hope Obama’s visit could be the beginning of an end to all embargoes imposed on Cuba. I think this is a common wish of all countries in Latin America.”

SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): CHAPIN SABIN, American tourist
“Most want the embargo to end. It’s just a few in Miami who would like to keep the way that is they hope help change the government of this country. And a little lot in the the Republican Party is well believe that the embargo should same place. But more are the young are strongly in favor of ending the embargo.”

Though many citizens remain upbeat, a Cuban analyst Iroel Sanchez, warns that all measures taken by the White House are an alternative means to dominate the Caribbean country.

He says that this might mark a return of Washington’s “carrot-and-stick” approach, which was started by former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt in the early 20th century.

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