President Obama said Tuesday that he would move quickly on a decision to remove Cuba from the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism, pending a recommendation from the agency.
“As soon as I get a recommendation, I’ll be in a position to act on it,” the President said during an interview with National Public Radio.
Cuba was designated a state sponsor of terrorism in 1982. The Obama Administration announced the beginning of a historic push to diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year.
Obama on Tuesday also reiterated his willingness to reopen an embassy in Cuba and establish “regular contacts” in the country.
“I think there’s a real opportunity here, and we are going to continue to… move forward on it,” he said.