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.
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.
Washington: Cuba has freed some of 53 people the United States regards as political prisoners as agreed under last month`s US-Cuban rapprochement and Washington wants to see the rest released soon, the US State Department said on Tuesday.
Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera was freed on Friday after three back-to-back detentions in three days, and after more than a thousand artists worldwide signed an open letter to Cuban President Raul Castro calling for her release.
Cuban President Raul Castro said Saturday he was ready to discuss any topic with Washington after the historic bilateral rapprochement, but warned not to expect any major political change as a result of the detente.
The US on Thursday did not rule out a visit to the White House by Cuban President Raul Castro, arguing that President Barack Obama has visited countries like China and Myanmar and invited their leaders to America, despite having serious human rights concerns about them.