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U.S. Officials to Travel to Cuba for Meetings with Ministries and Institutions

HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 28 (acn) A group of officials from the Departments of State, Commerce and Treasury will soon travel to Cuba to hold meetings with the Foreign Ministry, other ministries, and banks and institutions of the island, announced in Washington Josefina Vidal, general director of the United States Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The official said the goal of these meetings will be to provide information on the latest regulations of the government of Barack Obama regarding Cuba that eliminated some restrictions on trade and travel for certain categories of U.S. citizens to the island.
Our institutions will require gaining in clarity on what the real scope of these measures is and what can be done to achieve concrete results in this regard, she added.
Vidal said it is an important visit because there are doubts and questions about the regulatory framework, which is complicated.
"Nothing better than direct contact with those who designed these measures to have the details first hand," she added.
In this regard, in conversation with the Cuban press accredited to the second round of talks between Cuba and the United States, the diplomat added that a delegation of Cuban experts will travel to Washington to discuss the expansion of air services between the two nations.
"It's something that should occur as a result of the expansion of travel for U.S. citizens to Cuba," she pointed out.
These would be talks to go from charter to regular commercial flights between the two countries. "Of course, it would be the beginning of these negotiations, which take time, because it enforces the right to reciprocity, which would include flights in both directions and with different airlines," explained Josefina Vidal.
It will take time, she said, but the important thing is that the first step will be taken: start talking about this subject that has not been on the bilateral agenda.
There is a long list of possibilities to further expand the dialogue at the technical level between Cuba and the U.S. to establish closer communication that allows reaching cooperation mechanisms in various issues of common interest, ACN’s special correspondent reported.

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