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Statement from Cuban delegation to talks with U.S.

conversaciones-cuba-usaThe third round of talks between Cuban and U.S delegations on the process of reestablishing diplomatic relations, and the opening of embassies, was held in Washington, on May 21 and 22, 2015.

The Cuban delegation was led by the Ministry of Foreign Relations’ General Director for the United States, Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, and the U.S. delegation by the State Department’s Assistant Secretary for Western Hemispheric Affairs, Roberta S. Jacobson.

Cuba’s representatives recognized the just decision made by President Obama to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, on which the country should never have been placed.

These talks took place after the U.S. government, in compliance with its obligations established by international law in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, awarded a license to a bank to resume the provision of banking services to the Cuban Interests Section in Washington. Such a license is required by the financial blockade which remains in effect.

Both delegations agreed to continue the dialogue on aspects related to the functioning of diplomatic missions.

During the round of talks, the Cuban delegation reaffirmed its willingness to address substantive issues on the bilateral agenda, including among others, ending the blockade, which would allow for progress toward normalization of the relations between Cuban and the United States on a foundation of respect, sovereign equality and reciprocity, once diplomatic relations are reestablished.

The meeting was conducted in a respectful and professional environment.


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