The President of the United States, Barack Obama, officially endorsed the removal of Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, the U.S. Department of National Security reported on its Twitter account.
Today, Obama submitted to Congress a statutorily required report and certifications indicating his intent to rescind Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of international terrorism.
According to Telesur’s website, Congress has 45 days to respond to the elimination of Cuba from the list before it goes into effect, but it can not revoke Obama’s decision without holding a separate legislative vote, a measure the White House considers extremely unlikely.
The document states that the Cuban government “has not provided any support for international terrorism” over the last six months. Similarly, the text notes that Cuba “has provided assurances that it will not support acts of international terrorism in the future”.