White House reportedly pushing State Department to expedite review to strike Cuba from terror list

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White House reportedly pushing State Department to expedite review to strike Cuba from terror list

The White House reportedly is pushing the State Department to expedite its review of whether to remove Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism in the hope of establishing a Havana embassy for the first time in over 50 years by April.

Reuters reports that removal from the list has been demanded by Cuban government  throughout talks to normalize relations with Washington. Two U.S. officials with knowledge of the review told the agency that the process could take until June or longer.

However, the White House is anxious to fully re-establish diplomatic ties with Havana, including the re-opening of the embassy, by the Organization of the Americas summit, which is due to take place April 10 and 11 in Panama. The officials told Reuters that President Barack Obama is expected to meet Cuban President Raul Castro there for the first time since 2013.

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