Cuba, US Mull Reopening Embassies Within Months

Cuba, US Mull Reopening Embassies Within Months

The United States and Cuba said they made progress Friday in talks on restoring diplomatic ties and Washington could reopen its Havana embassy before a key April summit if differences are overcome.
After a second round of historic meetings, negotiators from both countries appeared optimistic about the road ahead, but cautioned there were still outstanding issues to resolve in order to restore diplomatic ties frozen for half a century, France24 reported.
The head of the Cuban delegation, Josefina Vidal, at a press conference said she believed progress had been made. But she renewed a call for Havana to be removed from the US blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism and urged that provisions be found to enable Cuba’s interests section in Washington to have access to the US banking system.
Vidal stressed that while it was “not a precondition” that Havana be removed from the blacklist in order to restore diplomatic relations, it should happen before ties can be renewed.
“It would be very difficult to explain that Cuba and the US have established normal diplomatic relations when Cuba is kept on this list that we believe we have never belonged to,” she said.
Secretary of State John Kerry earlier rebuffed communist Cuba’s demand to have the designation - in place since 1982 - lifted immediately, saying the current review would run its course.
Friday’s talks were only the second between the Cold War foes since President Barack Obama and Cuba’s President Raul Castro surprised the world in December with their decision to restore ties after more than a half century of enmity.
It is expected that within the coming months, both nations will agree to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals.


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