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US, Cuba May Restart Diplomatic Missions

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Cuban Foreign Ministry announced that Cuban and US delegations will discuss the issue of embassies reopening during the round of talks, due to be held in Havana next week.

MEXICO, January 17 (Sputnik) — Cuban and US delegations will discuss the issue of embassies reopening during the first round of talks on restoring relations between the two countries, due to be held in Havana next week, the Cuban Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

On January 21, the delegations plan to discuss the migration issue, in particular, the measures aimed at fighting illegal migration between the United States and Cuba and shady business related to the transfer of migrants.

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The next day, a meeting will be held on the reset of bilateral diplomatic relations, including reopening of the embassies.

According to Cuba's Foreign Ministry, the US delegation will be headed by Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson.

In December 2014, US President Barack Obama announced the decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba. The process began with plans of relaxing trade and travel restrictions and reopening a US embassy in Havana.

On January 16, the United States revised regulations to ease US trade and travel policies towards Cuba following Washington's December pledge to begin working toward the normalization of bilateral relations with Cuba.

Since 1961, the United States had an embargo in place against Cuba due to Cold War antagonism between Washington and the Communist government in Havana.

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