HAVANA, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Internet laggard Cuba once again
pledged online access for all its people on Friday,
acknowledging the country cannot develop without being better
Only a tiny fraction of Cubans have access to high-speed
Internet. Cuban officials have been promising better Internet
service for years but have cited the U.S. economic embargo and
political aggression as reasons for its stunted development.
HAVANA, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Nine members of the U.S. House of
Representatives met Cuban Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel on
Thursday, marking the first time Cuba’s heir apparent to power
has received an American delegation.
U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi
and eight other House Democrats concluded their two-day visit by
meeting Diaz-Canel, 54, who is first in line to the seat of
power held by brothers Fidel and Raul Castro since 1959.
HAVANA, Feb 17 (Reuters) – The United States and Cuba will
hold a second round of talks in Washington nest week aimed at
restoring diplomatic relations, the State Department said on
Tuesday, as U.S. Democratic senators visiting Havana said there
may be enough support among Republicans to lift a trade embargo
“The talks will be held on the 27th (of February) here at
the State Department,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki
told a daily briefing for reporters.
HAVANA, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Three U.S. Democratic senators
visiting Havana said on Tuesday that there could be enough
Republicans who support lifting a trade embargo on Cuba to
dismantle it in Congress.
The United States and Cuba agreed on Dec. 17 to restore
diplomatic relations after more than five decades of hostility.
U.S. President Barack Obama has already started to lift barriers
to trade and travel.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba warned the United States on Monday that it wants American diplomats to scale back aid for Cuban dissidents before the two countries can reopen embassies in each other’s capitals.
The long-time adversaries are negotiating the restoration of diplomatic relations as a first step toward reversing more than five decades of confrontation. Officials for both governments met in Havana in January and a second round of talks is expected to be held in Washington this month.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Monday appeared to lend his support to talks with the United States in his first comments about his longtime adversary since both countries agreed last month to restore diplomatic ties.
But Castro stopped short of an enthusiastic endorsement of the rapprochement, announced on Dec. 17 by his younger brother and Cuba’s current president, Raul Castro, and U.S. President Barack Obama.
HAVANA (Reuters) – A senior U.S. diplomat in Cuba for negotiations on restoring long-frozen diplomatic relations met a group of dissidents on Friday, seeking to underline Washington’s concern over human rights but irritating the island’s communist government.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, the highest-ranking U.S. government official to visit the island in nearly 40 years, held a breakfast meeting with the dissidents a day after talks with Cuban government officials. The State Department said it was an opportunity for Jacobson to exchange views and hear their perspectives.
HAVANA (Reuters) – 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 talks were the first since U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced on Dec. 17 they would work to restore diplomatic ties, which Washington severed in 1961 two years after Raul’s brother Fidel took power and began implementing communist rule.
HAVANA (Reuters) – The United States and Cuba began historic discussions on restoring diplomatic relations on Thursday, aiming to reach agreement on the opening of embassies in each other’s countries.
The meeting began at about 9 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT) led by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson and Josefina Vidal, director of U.S. affairs at the Cuban foreign ministry.
HAVANA (Reuters) – The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in 35 years began talks on Wednesday aimed at restoring diplomatic relations and eventually opening up full trade and travel ties between two adversaries locked in Cold War-era hostilities.
The two days of meetings are the first since U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced on Dec. 17 they had reached a historic breakthrough after 18 months of secret negotiations.