Cuba agrees to resume talks with US on migration, mail: US
Cuba has agreed to resume talks with the United States on migration and direct mail, a US official said in Washington on Sunday, as tense ties continue to thaw under President Barack Obama's administration.world Updated: May 31, 2009 20:10 IST
Cuba has agreed to resume talks with the United States on migration and direct mail, a US official said in Washington on Sunday, as tense ties continue to thaw under President Barack Obama's administration.
The announcement came as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prepared to travel to the Organization of American States General Assembly in Honduras, where Washington and its southern neighbors are caught in a row over the pace of normalisation with Cuba.
The Cuban government informed Washington on Saturday that it "would like to resume migration talks.... (and) engage in talks on direct mail service," the senior State Department official told reporters on the condition of anonymity.
But he said the two governments still have to decide on a time and place.
US officials said on May 23 that the Obama administration had proposed to resume the discussions on the thorny issue, which had been conducted every two years until they were suspended in 2003 by former president George W Bush.
The official called the moves a 'very positive development and step forward' as the Obama administration pursues engagement with Cuba, which has been under a decades-old US embargo.
The official said the Cubans "also indicated they would like to explore areas of additional dialogue," such as in the area of counternarcotics, counter terrorism, hurricane and disaster preparedness response.
First Published: May 31, 2009 20:08 IST