Cuba praised the United States for its “fair” pledge on the US terrorism list as it removed Cuba as a potential terrorist backer. The Cuban Government said that it shouldn’t have been in the list in the first place.
Cuba’s removal indicates a normalisation of ties between the United States and Cuba
Cuba was classified along with Syria, Iran and Sudan as a potential terrorist-backing country. It had been placed in the US State Department list in 1982 as a country that promote “armed revolution by organisations that used terrorism.”
The US believed Cuba provided sanctuary for the Basque Separatist Group and Colombia’s Farc Guerilla Group.
Despite its removal from the list, Cuba still has a US trade embargo imposed and could only be ended by the US Congress.
Cuban President Raul Castro met US President Barack Obama at the Summit of the Americas in Panama.
Obama said on Tuesday that Cuba “has not provided any support for international terrorism in the last six months,” making them eligible to be removed from the list.
Obama had said that Cuba assured the US that it will not support any act of international terrorism in the future.
The Cuban public welcomed the move. The government said:
“We are not terrorists, just the opposite. We are supporters of peace and tranquillity, and good things for all.”