Diplomats from the United States and Cuba sat down Thursday for a second day of historic talks in Havana, with a focus on establishing embassies in each other’s capitals.
As they work to normalize relations for the first time in half a century, the two countries were also expected to tackle how to establish regular commercial flights, a process that could take a year, and how to open a banking relationship. Cuba also wants to be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism — a step the United States says it will consider. The Americans, meanwhile, want to make sure Cubans have freer access to the Internet.
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The head of the U.S. delegation, Roberta Jacobson, called a morning session "positive and productive dialogue," and confirmed that the discussion included how the U.S. would operate an embassy in Havana.
"Our efforts to normalize relations will be a continuing process that goes beyond establishing diplomatic relations or opening an embassy," Jacobson, the assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, said in a statement. "Today, we have made further steps in this new direction."
Both delegations were continuing the bilateral talks during an afternoon session Thursday.
— Andrea Mitchell, Abigail Williams and Erin McClam