President Barack Obama had announced on April 14 he would drop the former Cold War rival from the list, initiating a 45-day review period for Congress that expired on Friday.
Obama ordered a review of Cuba's status on the terrorism list as part of a landmark policy shift on Dec. 17, when he and Cuban President Raul Castro announced they would seek to restore diplomatic relations that Washington severed in 1961, and work toward a broader normalization of ties.
Removal from the list is a step that has more symbolic than practical significance. It removes a prohibition on receiving U.S. economic aid, a ban on U.S. arms exports and controls on "dual-use" items with military and civilian applications.
But those bans remain in place under other, overlapping U.S. sanctions, since Cuba is still subject to a wider U.S. economic embargo that has been in place since the early 1960s.
"Rescinding of the ... designation against Cuba is an important step, however, as a practical matter, most restrictions related to exports and foreign aid will remain due to the comprehensive trade and arms embargo," said a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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