Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Obama says he would move fast to take Cuba off terrorism sponsor list

World Tue Apr 7, 2015 5:09 am EDT


(Reuters) - President Barack Obama vowed on Tuesday to act quickly once he receives a State Department recommendation on whether to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of terrorism-sponsoring countries, a remaining obstacle to the restoration of relations between Washington and Havana.

With just days to go before a hemispheric summit in Panama where Obama will come face-to-face with Cuban President Raul Castro, he offered no clear sign of how he was leaning or the time frame for his decision. He ordered the review immediately after announcing a diplomatic breakthrough with Havana on Dec. 17.


Tuesday update

World Tue Apr 7, 2015 1:43 pm EDT

(Reuters) - The U.S. State Department could recommend within a few days that Cuba be removed from its list of countries accused of sponsoring terrorism, a U.S. official said on Tuesday, a major move toward rapprochement ahead of a hemispheric summit this week.

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