The White House says President Barack Obama is removing Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a key step in President Barack Obama’s bid to normalize relations between the two countries.
President Obama and Cuban president Raul Castro spoke by phone ahead of the Summit of the Americas in Panama.
President Barack Obama will act soon on a recommendation about whether to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, he said Thursday as he opened a three-day trip to the Caribbean and Central America.
The United States and Cuba claimed progress Friday toward ending a half-century diplomatic freeze, suggesting they could clear some of the biggest obstacles to their new relationship within weeks.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi led a delegation of Democrats from her chamber on a visit to Cuba on Tuesday that her office said was aimed at further improving U.S. relations with the island nation.
A U.S. senator says the next round of negotiations on restoring full diplomatic ties with Cuba will take place next week in Washington.
North America has an “enormous interest” in building diplomatic relationships with Cuba, Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday during a weekend meeting with his counterparts from Canada and Mexico.
The Cuban president is demanding the United States return the military base and prison at Guantanamo Bay before the two nations re-establish normal relations.
Mastercard says it will lift the ban on U.S. credit card transactions in Cuba beginning in March, based on new guidance from the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Conservative distrust of Pope Francis, which has been building in the U.S. throughout his pontificate, is reaching a boiling point over his plan to urge action on climate change.