Cuba and US after 52 years have agreed to restore direct postal service between the two countries, in yet another step toward normalisation of relations following the re-establishment of diplomatic ties after more than half a century of diplomatic stand off between the Cold War foes.
"Both parties agreed to re-establish direct postal service between the two countries through the implementation of a pilot program that will begin in the coming weeks, with permanent service foreseen in the future," Cuban Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Direct mail talks, as well as other areas of bilateral cooperation such as drug interdiction and immigration that were ongoing before the re-establishment of diplomatic ties had been put on hold during the “normalisation process” between the countries.
After the opening of embassies in July, the countries have resumed talks on a variety of issues.
The White House released new guidelines in September to further ease trade, travel and investment with Cuba, however, Cuban President Raul Castro told US President Barack Obama, over a phone call, to go even further and completely remove the economic embargo on the communist-ruled island.
However, despite Cuba’s request and Obama’s parallel call, republican majority Congress resisted to lift the embargo.
Direct mail service between the two countries has been suspended since 1963. However, letters and other mail service were sustained through other countries in the continent.