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Havana talks start with promises by Obama, Cuban caution

2 years 9 months 1 day ago Wednesday, January 21 2015 Jan 21, 2015 January 21, 2015 1:51 AM January 21, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

HAVANA, Cuba - The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in decades begins two days of negotiations amid grand promises by President Barack Obama about change on the island and a somber warning from Cuba to abandon hopes of reforming the communist government.

The delegation arrives Wednesday for conversations about a continuation of efforts by both sides to promote what the State Department calls "safe, legal and orderly migration." That covers everything from the security of charter flights between Miami and Havana to rooting out fraudulent passports and partnering on potential search-and-rescue missions.

Thursday's talks are trickier, scheduled to deal with the mechanics of re-establishing a U.S. Embassy in Havana headed by an ambassador, and a Cuban Embassy in Washington.

The U.S. and Cuba haven't had diplomatic relations since 1961.

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