April 14, 2015 3:14 pm
Updated: April 14, 2015 3:18 pm

Obama removes Cuba from list of state sponsors of terrorism

US President Barack Obama, right, smiles as he looks over towards Cuban President Raul Castro, left, during their meeting at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, Saturday, April 11, 2015.

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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WASHINGTON – The White House says President Barack Obama is removing Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a key step in his bid to normalize relations between the two countries.

The White House says on Twitter that Obama has submitted to Congress required reports and certifications indicating his intent to take Cuba off the list.

Obama made the final decision following a State Department review of Cuba’s presence on the list.

The U.S. has long since stopped actively accusing Cuba of supporting terrorism.

Cuba was one of four countries on the U.S. list of nations accused of repeatedly supporting global terrorism. The countries still on the list are Iran, Sudan and Syria.

Obama announced in December that the U.S. and Cuba were ending a half-century of hostilities.

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