Friday, April 03, 2015

U.S. official says Cuba is likely to be removed in 'near future' from terrorism watch list

Published: April2, 2015 - Fox News Latino

An Obama administration official says that Cuba may soon be removed from the State Department's terrorism watch list.

Stefan Selig, the U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, said at a New York City conference on business opportunities in Cuba that taking the island nation off the list of sponsors of terrorism “could occur in the near future.”

He said that Cuba “must be eliminated from that list because the world has changed since the time in which they were included. It’s consistent with the politics of President Barack Obama.”

Selig made his remarks in a press conference Wednesday at the NASDAQ headquarters, the location for the Cuba Opportunity Investment Summit, which was coordinated by the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Selig said that the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba would benefit the people of Cuba. He also said the decades-old trade embargo should be lifted.

JG: This so-called U.S. "official" may be engaging in speculation or wishful thinking. Let us wait for the details. The U.S. government has a bad habit of trying to impose dictates on other countries. Witness what is happening with Iran.

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