Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Monday appeared to lend his support to Cuba`s talks with the United States with a statement that addressed his longtime adversary for the first time since Cuba and the United States announced on Dec. 17 they would restore diplomatic ties.
The highest-ranking US official to visit Cuba in 35 years met with leading dissidents on Friday, but one prominent opposition figure stayed out amid differences over Washington`s rapprochement with Havana.
The United States said it pressed Cuba to improve human rights during historic, high-level talks on Thursday, annoying the Cubans after both sides reported making progress toward restoring diplomatic relations.
The highest-level US delegation to Cuba in 35 years begins talks on Wednesday aimed at restoring diplomatic ties and eventually normalizing relations between two adversaries who have been locked in Cold War-era hostilities.
Cuba will tell the United States in face-to-face talks this week it wants to be removed from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism before restoring diplomatic relations, a senior foreign ministry official said on Tuesday.
The United States will urge Cuba to lift travel restrictions on US diplomats and agree to establish U.S. and Cuban embassies in historic talks in Havana this week aimed at restoring relations, a senior State Department official said on Monday.
Alan Gross, the US contractor released from prison in Cuba last month, will be among 22 guests of First Lady Michelle Obama as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address, the White House said Monday.