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Justin Siberell, Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism in the Bureau of Counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State. Photo: Granma

On July 18, the U.S. State Department admitted that Cuba is not participating in any activities which constitute grounds to be accused of sponsoring terrorism.

U.S. newspaper the Miami Herald quoted Justin Siberell, Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism in the Bureau of Counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State, as noting: “It was assessed that there was not sufficient information there to provide a report this year on Cuba.”

The article continues stating that “the 2016 report, released Wednesday, had no mention of the island nation. Siberell said no relevant information on Cuba was found by the State Department.”

Cuba was included on the list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1982 by the Ronald Reagan government, but was later removed in 2015, under the Barack Obama administration, following the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the U.S.

At that time the State Department recognized that “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,” according to the Herald.

This latest action by the U.S. government stands in contrast to the position adopted by the country’s current President Donald Trump who, the article notes, “announced last month that his administration was rolling back some of former President Barack Obama’s Cuba reforms.”

(Excepts from Razones de Cuba)