03:08 GMT04 December 2020
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    The US State Department announced that the United States and Cuba will hold their next bilateral commission in November in Washington.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States and Cuba will hold their next bilateral commission in November in Washington, the US State Department announced in a release.

    "The bilateral commission agreed to meet again in November in Washington, D.C.," the release read.

    Earlier on Friday, the two governments held the first meeting of their new bilateral commission to expand relations in Havana.

    "The group discussed a preliminary timeline through [2015] for engagements on key topics including human rights, combating trafficking in persons, claims, migration, counter-narcotics, regulatory issues, environmental cooperation, civil aviation, telecommunications and the internet," the Friday release said.

    According to the State Department, the discussions were "full and frank, extensive and conducted in a courteous and respectful manner."

    "Both governments agreed to concrete steps to continue on the path toward normalized relations," the release said.

    At the November meeting the commission will review progress in all the fields they discussed on Friday and chart new areas of cooperation for 2016.

    The United States and Cuba resumed full diplomatic relations this year after a break of 54 years.


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