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Newsline: Cuban, US diplomats launch normalization process

Cuban and U.S. diplomats formally launched the process of normalizing the relationship between the two countries, meeting Friday to set the agenda for talks on topics ranging from environmental cooperation to compensation for American properties confiscated by Cuba. Cuba’s top diplomat for U.S. affairs hinted that a visit by President Barack Obama to Cuba could take place if the negotiations were successful. Small teams of negotiators met Friday in Havana as a steering committee that will oversee a series of regular talks in Havana and Washington between lower-ranking diplomats and specialists in technical fields. Cuban head of North American Affairs Josefina Vidal told reporters in Havana that the both sides saw the start of the process as opening at least the possibility of an Obama visit to Cuba, saying that it is natural for countries with normal relations to receive visits from each other’s leaders.



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