Cuba’s Removal from Terror List Helps Everyone, Experts Say

May 31, 2015 by

 Telesur:  Cuba’s Removal from Terror List Helps Everyone, Experts Say
Published 30 May 2015

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Both Havana and Washington are likely to benefit from Cuba’s removal from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terror.

Cuba’s removal from the U.S. terror blacklist will benefit the island nation’s economy and boost Washington’s ailing relations with Latin America, experts in Havana said Friday.

“It means that Cuba can operate more safely now. That our citizens are not going to be subject to harassment because they come from a terrorist country. That our companies will be able to operate normally with banks,” said former Cuban Foreign Service officer Carlos Alzugaray.

Speaking to China’s CCTV, Alzugaray explained many of the advantages for Havana will stem from “internal workings of the United States system,” such as reducing restrictions on financial transactions.

“So there are a number of benefits,” he said.

The removal of Cuba from the controversial list will also help the United States, Peter Hakim, president emeritus of the Inter-American Dialogue told Reuters during an interview from Washington.

“It removed a tremendous, long-standing irritant from U.S.- Latin American relations. One has to understand that every country in the hemisphere, including Canada every Latin American, every Caribbean county, recognized Cuba,” he said.

Cuba was officially removed from the U.S. Department of State’s list of state sponsors of terrorism Friday, six weeks after the administration of President Barack Obama first announced the move. Until Friday, Congress could have blocked the removal.

U.S State Department Press Officer Jeff Rathke announced the decision, “The 45-day notice to Congress has expired, and the Secretary of State decided to terminate the designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, effective today, May 29,” he wrote in a press release.

The State Department added, ​”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.”

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