US Officially Removes Cuba From Terror Blacklist

US Officially Removes Cuba From Terror Blacklist

FILE: President Barack Obama during a statement, Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (Photo Credit: AP /Susan Walsh)

The authorities of United States have on Friday, May 29, 2015 removed Cuba from its blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism.

This was following an order signed by the US secretary of state, John Kerry, as part of efforts to strengthen ties between the former Cold War enemies.

This is coming up just 45 days after the President Barack Obama-led administration informed the Congress of its intention to do so.

The step was widely supported by all sides of politics in the country of which some politicians could have possibly stopped the move within the given period of time.

Also, the development comes as officials from the countries continue to hash out details of restoring full diplomatic relations, including opening embassies in Washington and Havana and returning ambassadors to the two countries.

According to Patty Culhane, of Al Jazeera Washington, the removal of Cuba from the terror list would also help in the process of lifting economic sanctions.

“I think you’re going to see American businesses trying to flood into Cuba now, trying to get in on the ground floor,” she said.

“You’ll see more Americans in Cuba, many more Cubans around the country.”


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