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Obama takes Cuba off terrorism list

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on April 14, 2015 at 4:11 PM

Originally published on POLITICO on March 14, 2015 by Nahal Toosi. 

The decision removes a major stumbling block in the two countries’ efforts to normalize relations.

President Barack Obama has decided to take Cuba off the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, removing a major stumbling block in the two countries’ efforts to normalize relations after more than five decades of estrangement.

The decision announced Tuesday comes after a review and recommendation from the State Department and was widely expected. It also follows a historic weekend meeting between Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro.

In a message to Congress about the de-listing, Obama noted that his administration had determined that communist-led Cuba had “not provided any support for international terrorism during the preceding six-month period” and that it had “provided assurances that it will not support acts of international terrorism in the future.”

Read the full story here: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/04/cuba-off-terrorism-list-116964.html