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Obama to remove Cuba from terrorism list

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The White House said on Tuesday that Obama had approved the action and informed Congress in writing

US President Barack Obama has notified Congress that he will remove Cuba from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism. The decision is likely to push forward the normalization of diplomatic ties between the countries.

The White House said on Tuesday that Obama had approved the action and informed Congress in writing.

Obama stated in the report that the Cuban government has not provided any support for international terrorism during the last 6 months and has made assurances that it will not do so in the future.

Cuba will officially be removed from the terror sponsor list in 45 days.

The US designated Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism in 1982 partly because of what it said was Havana's provision of weapons from the then Soviet Union to anti-US groups in Central and South America and its training of them.

Obama decided in December to start normalization talks with Havana, saying the US policy of imposing strict sanctions on Cuba and isolating the country was not producing results.

On Saturday, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro met on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas forum in Panama. It was the first meeting between the 2 countries' top leaders since diplomatic ties were severed.

Cuba had insisted that removal from the US state sponsors of terrorism list was essential for restoring ties.