The U.S. formally dropped Cuba from its state sponsors of terrorism list Friday, removing another barrier as the two countries try to re-establish diplomatic ties after 54 years of isolation.

The State Department announced last month it had completed a review of Cuba’s place on the list, determining the nation’s government had not assisted terrorist organizations in the preceding six months and had made assurances it would not do so in the future. Under federal law, the State Department was required to provide a 45-day review period, which ended Friday.

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