United States officially removes Cuba from terror list

The United States has officially removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism. Secretary of State John Kerry signed the order 45 days after the Obama administration informed Congress of its intent to do so.

Officials from both countries continue to work toward restoring full diplomatic relations, including opening embassies in Havana and Washington. The removal from the terrorism list had been a major demand from Cuba in that process.

Minnesota has been front-and-center in the refreshed relationship with Cuba. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Al Franken have each made trips to Havana to explore trade opportunities, and the Minnesota Orchestra traveled to Cuba for an early May concert series.

"It's time to turn the page on our Cuba policy, and removing Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terror is another important step forward," Sen. Klobuchar said. "There are still many issues in our relationship with Cuba that must be addressed, but between this action and the president's recent meeting with President Castro at the Summit of the Americas, it's clear that we are making progress on bringing relations between our two countries into the 21st century. Next we should move forward with my legislation to lift the trade embargo so that farmers, ranchers, and other businesses across the country can reap the benefits of this improved relationship."

VIDEO - A grateful Minnesota Orchestra returns from Cuba

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