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Obama removes Cuba from terror list

Published 14/04/2015

US president Barack Obama
US president Barack Obama
Fidel Castro

US president Barack Obama is removing Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a key step in his bid to normalise relations between the two countries, the White House says.

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.

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

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

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

Mr Obama announced in December that the US and Cuba were ending a half century of hostilities.

A dancer performs during the 50th anniversary celebration of the Cuban Revolution at the main plaza in Santiago, Cuba
A dancer performs during the 50th anniversary celebration of the Cuban Revolution at the main plaza in Santiago, Cuba
Dancers perform during the 50th anniversary celebration of the Cuban Revolution at the main plaza in Santiago, Cuba Thursday Jan. 1, 2009. Fifty years after triumphant armed rebels took power, Cuba celebrated the revolution's anniversary Thursday with toned-down festivities following a trio of devastating hurricanes and under the enduring public absence of an ailing Fidel Castro.(AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
Cuban army officers chant revolutionary slogans during the 50th anniversary celebration of the Cuban Revolution at the main plaza in Santiago, Cuba Thursday Jan. 1, 2009. Fifty years after triumphant armed rebels took power, Cuba celebrated the revolution's anniversary Thursday with toned-down festivities following a trio of devastating hurricanes and under the enduring public absence of an ailing Fidel Castro.(AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
The President of Cuba, Raul Castro speaks during the 50th anniversary celebration of the Cuban Revolution at the main plaza in Santiago, Cuba, Thursday Jan. 1, 2009. Fifty years after triumphant armed rebels took power, Cuba celebrated the revolution's anniversary Thursday with toned-down festivities following a trio of devastating hurricanes and under the enduring public absence of an ailing Fidel Castro. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco/Prensa Latina)
Dancers perform during the 50th anniversary celebration of the Cuban Revolution at the main plaza in Santiago, Cuba Thursday Jan. 1, 2009. Fifty years after triumphant armed rebels took power, Cuba celebrated the revolution's anniversary Thursday with toned-down festivities following a trio of devastating hurricanes and under the enduring public absence of an ailing Fidel Castro.(AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
The President of Cuba, Raul Castro speaks during the 50th anniversary celebration of the Cuban Revolution at the main plaza in Santiago, Cuba, Thursday Jan. 1, 2009. Fifty years after triumphant armed rebels took power, Cuba celebrated the revolution's anniversary Thursday with toned-down festivities following a trio of devastating hurricanes and under the enduring public absence of an ailing Fidel Castro. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco/Prensa Latina)
People chant revolutionary slogans during the 50th anniversary celebration of the Cuban Revolution at the main plaza in Santiago, Cuba Thursday Jan. 1, 2009. Fifty years after triumphant armed rebels took power, Cuba celebrated the revolution's anniversary Thursday with toned-down festivities following a trio of devastating hurricanes and under the enduring public absence of an ailing Fidel Castro. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
The President of Cuba, Raul Castro speaks during the 50th anniversary celebration of the Cuban Revolution at the main plaza in Santiago, Cuba, Thursday Jan. 1, 2009. Fifty years after triumphant armed rebels took power, Cuba celebrated the revolution's anniversary Thursday with toned-down festivities following a trio of devastating hurricanes and under the enduring public absence of an ailing Fidel Castro. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco/Prensa Latina)
People listen to a speech during the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Cuban Revolution at the main plaza in Santiago, Cuba, Thursday Jan. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
The President of Cuba, Raul Castro, speaks during the 50th anniversary celebration of the Cuban Revolution at the main plaza in Santiago, Cuba, Thursday Jan. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
Jose Rivera Castillo, 72, center, a veteran of the Rebel Army shouts slogans during the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Cuban Revolution at the main plaza in Santiago, Cuba, Thursday Jan. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
A woman watches the 50th Anniversary of the Revolution ceremony on television in her home decorated with a photograph of Cuba's leader Fidel Castro in Havana, Thursday, Jan.1, 2009. Fifty years after triumphant armed rebels descended from the eastern mountains, communist Cuba celebrated the revolution's anniversary Thursday with toned-down festivities after a trio of devastating hurricanes and under the enduring public absence of an ailing Fidel Castro. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)
A boy watches the 50th Anniversary of the Revolution ceremony on television in his home decorated with a photograph of Cuba's leader Fidel Castro in Havana, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009. Fifty years after triumphant armed rebels descended from the eastern mountains, communist Cuba celebrated the revolution's anniversary Thursday with toned-down festivities after a trio of devastating hurricanes and under the enduring public absence of an ailing Fidel Castro. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)
A man carries a dead pig over his shoulder to be cooked for new year's dinner in Havana, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008. Cuba will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1959 revolution on Jan. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

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