New Cuba-US talks, but no “normal” relations until blockade ends

Cuba and the US will exchange ambassadors on 29 May, but “the blockade has to be fully removed and Guantanamo should be returned,” before there can be normal relations, said President Raúl Castro in a recent meeting with reporters.

The Cuban leader confirmed that once the US removed Cuba from its list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, both governments would designate ambassadors. The 45-day waiting period for Cuba to be removed from the controversial list – which US President Barack Obama announced in April – ends May 29. A third round of talks between the two countries is due to talk place in Washington on Thursday 21 May.

Read the full report from Telesur here

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