Cuba Says Adios to Peksy State Sponsor of Terrorism Label

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President Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro, l. in Panama on April 11, 2015.

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Mon. June 1, 2015: Cuba has finally said adios to that pesky State Sponsor of Terrorism label, thanks to U.S. President Barack Obama.

The State Department in April has recommended Obama drop Cuba from the list and on Friday, the U.S. State Department announced that it made the final decision to rescind the title as of May 29, 2015.

“The rescission of Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism reflects our assessment that Cuba meets the statutory criteria for rescission,” the State Department said. “While the United States has significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba’s policies and actions, these fall outside the criteria relevant to the rescission of a State Sponsor of Terrorism designation.”

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