Desmond Boylan, Associated Press
Cuba's President Raul Castro waves to the press as he accompanies France's President Francois who is departing Jose Marti airport in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Hollande's one-day trip made him the first French president to visit Cuba since it became an independent country.

HAVANA — President Raul Castro says Cuba and the U.S. will name ambassadors to each other's countries as soon as the island is removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism later this month.

Castro spoke to journalists Tuesday at Havana's airport after seeing off visiting French President Francois Hollande.

The United States and Cuba currently have lower level missions called Interests Sections in each other's countries in lieu of full embassies with ambassadors.

President Barack Obama in April announced his decision to remove Cuba from the terror list, which was seen as an obstacle for the opening of full embassies. The 45-day waiting period for the removal ends on May 29.

Castro and Obama announced in December they would work toward a restoration of diplomatic relations.