[News] Obama Signs Off on Removing Cuba From Terrorism List

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*Obama Signs Off on Removing Cuba From Terrorism List

14 April 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he intends to remove Cuba 
from the list of state sponsors of terrorism list. In a brief statement, 
the White House said it no longer considers Havana a state sponsor of 

“The Government of Cuba has not provided any support for international 
terrorism during the preceding 6-month period; and ... the Government of 
Cuba has provided assurances that it will not support acts of 
international terrorism in the future,” the statement read.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest commented that Obama's decision 
is in line with U.S. “interests and values.” “We will continue to have 
differences with the Cuban government, but our concerns over a wide 
range of Cuba’s policies and actions fall outside the criteria that is 
relevant to whether to rescind Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of 
Terrorism,” he said.

Leading up to the announcement, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member 
of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement on Monday 
arguing the Department of State's recent decision to advise Obama to 
remove Cuba from the list was part of a broader thawing in bilateral 
ties. "The State Department's recommendation to remove Cuba from the 
list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, the result of a months-long 
technical review, is an important step forward in our efforts to forge a 
more fruitful relationship with Cuba," said Senator Cardin.

Cuba has long argued it should never have been placed on the list of 
state sponsors of terrorism more than three decades ago. Havana's 
removal from the list has been one of the Cuban government's key demands 
in negotiations with the United States over the normalization of 
relations. The decision to remove Cuba from the terror list came after a 
meeting between Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro on the sidelines 
of the Summit of the Americas meeting in Panama over the weekend, the 
first meeting between heads of state of the two countries in over 50 
years. The event was also the first time a Cuban head of state attended 
the Summit of the Americas, after Latin American leaders lobbied for 
Havana's inclusion in the high level talks in recent years. ​

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