Washington to host Cuban delegation

US State Department announces Cuban delegation to visit Washington

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The United States will host a delegation from Cuban government on May 21 led by Director General of the US Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State Department announced in a statement on its web site late on Thursday.

The US and Cuba announced that they agreed to restore diplomatic ties which had been frosty for more than 50 years and were even hostile time to time.

The process started in December when the two countries exchanged prisoners and since then they have been working on improving the ties, opening embassies in both countries’ capitals.

The State Department statement said Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta S. Jacobson would host Cuban delegation led by Josefina Vidal, senior Cuban Foreign Ministry diplomat.

The statement also said Jacobson and Vidal would continue discussions on re-establishing diplomatic relations and re-opening embassies.

“A US Embassy in Havana will allow the United States to more effectively promote our interests and values, and increase engagement with the Cuban people,” said the statement.

Since the president’s announcement of his new direction on Cuba last December, the United States and Cuba have seen growing communication on a variety of issues, including matters of mutual concern such as migration, law enforcement, access to information, environmental protection, and trafficking in persons.