US Removes Cuba from Terrorism Non-Cooperation List

  • 17 May 2024

On 15th May 2024, the US announced the removal of Cuba from its list of countries "not cooperating fully" in counterterrorism, citing improved law enforcement cooperation.

Key Points

  • Reason for Removal: The State Department cited improved law enforcement cooperation between the US and Cuba as the primary reason for the removal.
  • Change in Circumstances: Officials noted that the circumstances for Cuba's certification had changed significantly from 2022 to 2023.
  • Symbolic Move: The decision represents a cautious yet symbolically significant shift by the Biden administration from previous policies.
  • Separate Lists: The non-cooperation list is distinct from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list, which has different criteria.
  • Trump-Era Designation: Former President Trump designated Cuba a state sponsor of terrorism, exacerbating the island's economic crisis.
  • Potential for Future Review: Experts suggest this move might precede a review of Cuba's status as a state sponsor of terrorism.
  • Cuban Response: Cuban foreign minister welcomed the decision but urged the US to remove Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list as well.