WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has taken Cuba off its list of state sponsors of terrorism.
Secretary of State John Kerry has signed an order removing Cuba from the U.S. terrorism blacklist as part of the process of normalizing relations between the Cold War foes.
Kerry acted 45 days after the Obama administration informed Congress of its intent to do so. Lawmakers had that much time to weigh in and try to block the move, but did not do so.
The step comes as officials from the countries continue to hash out details of restoring full diplomatic relations, including opening embassies in Washington and Havana and returning ambassadors to the two countries. Friday's removal of Cuba from the terrorism list had been a key Cuban demand.
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Cuba removed from US terror list
Leaders of the Americas attend the opening ceremony of the Summit of the Americas at the ATLAPA Convention Center in Panama City on April 10, 2015. US President Barack Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro stood near each other at a historic Summit of the Americas on Friday, marking a major milestone in their efforts to end decades of animosity. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Cuba's President Raul Castro arrives in Panama City on April 9, 2015 to attend the Summit of the Americas for the first time and set up a historic encounter with US President Barack Obama. Regional leaders begin to arrive for a historic Summit of the Americas that will see the US and Cuban presidents sit face to face for the first time in decades. AFP PHOTO / INTI OCON (Photo credit should read Inti Ocon/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama tours the Miraflores section of the Panama Canal on April 10, 2015 in Panama City. US President Barack Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro will break bread with other Americas leaders at a historic summit Friday, a potent symbol of their efforts to end decades of animosity. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)