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US removes Cuba from state-sponsored terrorism list - May 29, 2015

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The US officially removed Cuba from its list of countries that sponsor terrorism, preparing the background for restoration of full diplomatic relations. In April, President Barack Obama had announced that he was recommending Cuba’s removal from the list after a review by the State Department. In a statement on May 29, the State Department said: “The rescission of Cuba's designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism reflects our assessment that Cuba meets the statutory criteria.” It, however, stressed that the US continued to have “significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba’s policies and actions”. Cuba was first placed on the terror black list in the early 1980s when the American government accused the Fidel Castro regime of backing communist groups in Africa and Latin America. In December 2014, Obama took the first step towards restoring diplomatic relations by announcing that he was ending a half-century long freeze in ties with Cuba as it wasn’t benefiting either nation. Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/29/politics/cuba-terror-list/ US, Cuba, terrorism, diplomatic relations, President Barack Obama, State Department, Fidel Castro