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Barack Obama removes Cuba from terrorism list in bid to improve relations

Published 14/04/2015 | 20:29

Barack Obama and Raul Castro begin their historic meeting with a handshake at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City (AP)
Barack Obama and Raul Castro begin their historic meeting with a handshake at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City (AP)

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.

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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.

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