Cuba Officially Off U.S. Terror List

castroThe State Department removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism this week, enabling the two countries to re-establish diplomatic ties after 54 years of isolation.

The action paves the way to opening embassies in both Havana and Washington, DC.  January 1961 was the last time  both countries had embassies.   An economic trade embargo still remains in effect, and reversing it will require congressional action.

The move toward normalized relations was announced by President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro on Dec. 17, which opened the door for talks in each capital on conditions each side wanted fulfilled.

President Ronald Reagan added Cuba to the list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1982 for supporting revolutionary movements in Latin America, especially in El Salvadore.  The current State Department’s list of State Sponsors of Terrorism consists of three countries: Iran, Syria and Sudan.

Have questions? Check out the Treasury’s  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS RELATED TO CUBA.




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