The United States removes Cuba from the terrorism blacklist – DW – 05/15/2024

US government Joe Biden retired و Cuba On Wednesday, the US State Department confirmed its inclusion in the list of countries that do not fully cooperate with anti-terrorism efforts.

“The conditions for Cuba’s certification as a ‘non-fully cooperating’ country with counterterrorism efforts (NFCC) have changed from 2022 to 2023,” the ministry noted.

The US government recalled that Cuba’s refusal to cooperate with Colombia in extradition requests for members of the National Liberation Army (ELN) militia led to Cuba obtaining NFCC certification in 2022.

In August 2022, on the order of Colombian President Gustavo Petro, the Colombian Attorney General’s Office announced that arrest warrants would be suspended against 17 ELN leaders, including those whose extradition to Colombia had previously been requested from Cuba, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

However, he stressed that the United States and Cuba had resumed police cooperation in 2023, including in the fight against terrorism.

Therefore, the State Department decided that continuing to certify Cuba as a fully “non-cooperative” state “is no longer appropriate,” US authorities say.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez praised this action on the network

The Cuban politician added, “All political manipulation of the issue must stop and our arbitrary and unfair inclusion on the list of state sponsors of terrorism must end.”

Countries such as North Korea, Iran, Syria and Venezuela appear on the NFCC list.

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