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    US, Cuba Discuss Trade, Banking Issues at First Economic Dialogue

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    US and Cuban officials held talks on a host of business and regulatory issues at the countries’ first economic dialogue session, the US Department of State said in a press release.

    WASHINGTON(Sputnik) — US Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin led the opening of the dialogue. Cuban Foreign Trade Vice Minister of Commercial Policy Ileana Nunez Mordoche headed up the delegation from Havana.

    "The United States and Cuba held the inaugural Economic Dialogue in Washington, DC, today," the release stated on Monday. "The delegations discussed trade and investment, labor and employment, renewable energy and energy efficiency, small business, intellectual property rights, economic policy, regulatory and banking matters, and telecommunications and internet access."

    Both parties, the release added, agreed to convene working groups in the coming months to address technical issues.

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