President Barack Obama notified Congress on Tuesday that he intends to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
Obama submitted a statutorily required report to Congress on Tuesday saying that he intends to rescind Cuba’s designation. Obama was required to submit the report to Congress 45 days before the designation is officially rescinded, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement on Tuesday.
In the report, Obama said that Cuba had met certain criteria to be removed from the list. Cuba has been designated a state sponsor of terrorism since 1982.
Obama’s decision to remove Cuba from the list is part of an effort, announced in December, to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba. After a review, the State Department recommended last week that Obama remove Cuba from the list.
“As the President has said, 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,” Earnest said in the statement.
source: huffingtonpost.com by Sam Levine