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Cuba-U.S.A. Rounds of Talks to Begin on Wednesday

Cuba, United States, reestablishment of diplomatic relationsHAVANA, Cuba, Jan 21 (acn) With talks on the migratory issue, the rounds of talks between delegations of Cuba and the United States begin on Wednesday in this capital, which on Thursday will tackle the process of reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and other bilateral matters.
In the 28th migratory round to be held today at Havana’s Convention Center, the development of migratory agreements and actions carried out by the two parties to face illegal emigration and traffic in emigrants will be assessed.
During the two days of talks, the Cuban delegation will be headed by Josefina Vidal, general director for the United States of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while for the migratory round the U.S. delegation will be headed by the State Department assistant undersecretary of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Edward Alex Lee.
Roberta Jacobson, assistant secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs will be heading the U.S. delegation for the January 22 sessions. As it has been announced, this meeting will focus on principles and steps for the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and the opening of embassies in the two countries.
In the afternoon of that same day, topics like the increase of cooperation to face epidemics, the struggle against terrorism, drug trafficking, and other matters of mutual interest and benefit for the two parties will be analyzed.
On January 16, the measures announced by President Barack Obama that will eliminate some restrictions to trade and to trips to Cuba in certain categories of U.S. citizens, which modify the implementation of some aspects of the blockade against Cuba, still in force, came into effect.
These measures are just a step in the long way to go to eliminate many other aspects of the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade of the island, through the use of the President’s executive prerogatives, and for the Congress of that country to put an end of that over 50 year-old policy.

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