June 1, 2015 Leave a comment
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.