Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Jihadists attack U.N. base in Mali

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Assange #ArbitrarilyDetained

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Part 1: Julian Assange, Brexit

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Migrant crisis: Is Calais the dead end on the migrant trail?

Read more

FOCUS

Transgender children: Embracing the transition process

Read more

ENCORE!

Phil Collins remastered

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Taking a slice: The challenge of taxing multinationals

Read more

FASHION

Haute couture: Chains and Napoléon’s sisters on the Parisian runway

Read more

#THE 51%

Afghanistan’s first lady

Read more

Americas

Cuba agrees to resume migration talks with the US

Video by Guillaume MEYER

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-06-01

Cuba has agreed to resume migration talks with the United States, five years after former president George W. Bush suspended them. The communist nation also agreed to discuss a direct mail service.

AFP - Cuba has agreed to resume talks with the United States on migration and direct mail, a US official said here Sunday, as tense ties continue to thaw under President Barack Obama's administration.
   
The announcement came as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prepared to travel to the Organization of American States general assembly in Honduras, where Washington and its southern neighbors are caught in a row over the pace of normalization with Cuba.
   
The Cuban government informed Washington on Saturday that it "would like to resume migration talks.... (and) engage in talks on direct mail service," the senior State Department official told reporters on the condition of anonymity.
   
But he said the two governments still have to decide on a time and place.
   
US officials said May 23 that the Obama administration had proposed to resume the discussions on the thorny issue, which had been conducted every two years until they were suspended in 2003 by former president George W. Bush.
   
The official called the moves a "very positive development and step forward" as the Obama administration pursues engagement with Cuba, which has been under a decades-old US embargo.
   
The official said the Cubans "also indicated they would like to explore areas of additional dialogue," such as in the area of counternarcotics, counter terrorism, hurricane and disaster preparedness response.
 

Date created : 2009-05-31

COMMENT(S)