US-Cuba Negotiations Resume May 21 in Washington

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HAVANA TIMES — The governments of Cuba and the United States will hold a new round of negotiations on the planned resumption of diplomatic ties on May 21, the Cuban Foreign Ministry and the US State Department both announced on Thursday.

The new round of talks “on the process of restoring diplomatic relations and the opening of embassies” will take place in Washington, reported dpa news.

It will be the fourth bilateral session between the high-level representatives of the Obama and Castro governments since the two countries announced in mid-December a historic agreement to resume diplomatic ties, broken off unilaterally by the US more than a half century ago.

The governments of Cuba and the United States opened the talks in late January in Havana negotiations to reopen embassies in their respective capitals. A month later they held another round of talks in Washington, followed by a meeting held in greater secrecy in Havana in mid-March.

Cuban President Raul Castro said earlier this week that the two countries could “appoint ambassadors” soon after May 29, when Cuba is formally removed from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism.

President Obama announced in mid-April that his administration will take Cuba off the “black list” where it has remained since 1982. The measure takes effect 45 days after announced to the US Congress.

The US State Department also issued a statement on Thursday notifying the press that:

“On May 21, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta S. Jacobson will host a delegation from the Cuban government led by Josefina Vidal, Director General of the U.S. Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Assistant Secretary Jacobson and Director General Vidal will continue discussions on re-establishing diplomatic relations and re-opening embassies. A U.S. Embassy in Havana will allow the United States to more effectively promote our interests and values, and increase engagement with the Cuban people.”

38 thoughts on “US-Cuba Negotiations Resume May 21 in Washington

  • May 25, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Why not read the posting:
    My son was murdered in Camaguey, Cuba ?

  • May 22, 2015 at 8:54 am

    In Cuba, the power will remain in the hands of the Castro clan. Raul’s son Alejandro Castro Espín is a colonel in the Ministry of the Interior, a power centre of the dictatorship. Raul’s son-in-law, General Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Callejas, is the director of GAESA, the largest corporation in Cuba and as such controls about 70% of the island economy.

    These two will be the true power in Cuba, post-Raul. They may accept a passive puppet as president, perhaps Diaz-Canal who has no significant power base of his own.

    As for Venezuela, the US Justice Department is currently preparing an indictment against several leading Venezuelan politicians, including Diosdado Cabello for drug trafficking, gun running and money laundering. This activity has been a $27 billion per year business, and a lot of powerful people have been in on it.

  • May 21, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    I am the same height, weight, build and skin complexion as Teofilo Stevenson.

  • May 21, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    I agree that Maduro may cancel elections, he has already eroded many of the necessary components of democracy. But, he is sitting on a powder keg – and may yet find that not all revolutions are communist/socialist.

  • May 21, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    To quote your response to Informed Consent above:
    “I guess you reading skills is low.”
    You actually have students?
    You have absolutely no basis for your comment about Posada Carrile and the Miami thugs. God help those students who are subjected to your English and your lunatic insults. With people of your calibre buried in the backwood schools of America there will be no shortage of illiterate labour.

  • May 21, 2015 at 10:34 am

    How is it that you look Cuba? Like William Levy? like the castros? Alberto Juantorena? Tony Avila?

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