The Wall Street Journal quotes Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Deputy Director Jason Marczak on Cuba’s removal from the US state sponsor of terrorism list and the reestablishment of ties between the United States and Cuba:
Cuba’s removal from the terror list could free up some economic, political and cultural contacts, particularly between Cuba and US states, said Jason Marczak, deputy director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. Florida, for example, has a law barring universities that receive state funding from sponsoring travel to countries that are state sponsors of terrorism. Cuba should also have better access to global markets now that it is no longer on the list.
Cuba’s presence on the list also had hindered Cuba’s efforts to find a bank to handle the accounts of Cuba’s US representative body, called the Cuban Interests Section. But last week, the State Department helped Cuba secure Florida-based Stonegate Bank as its lender.