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Washington, Jan 12 : The US has added Cuba to the list of “State Sponsor of Terrorism”, a move that might constrain the incoming Joe Biden administration’s efforts to reshape relations with Havana.
The State Department said in a statement on Monday that it had designated Cuba as “a State Sponsor of Terrorism” for “repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbour to terrorists”, reports Xinhua news agency.
US media had reported that the administration of outgoing President Donald Trump considered returning Cuba to the list before leaving office.
In a tweet on December 30, 2020, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said: “I denounce Sec of State Pompeo maneuvers to include Cuba in the list of States sponsoring terrorism to please the anti-Cuban minority in Florida.
“US grants shelter and impunity to terrorist groups acting against Cuba from that territory.” Cuba had been put on the list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1982.

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