The top U.S. and Cuban diplomats have met in Panama in the highest-level meeting between the two governments in more than half a century.

The U.S. State Department said Secretary of State Kerry and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez met on Thursday evening in Panama City, where the Summit of the Americas kicks off on Friday.

A high-level State Department official said Kerry and Rodriguez had a lengthy and very constructive discussion and the two agreed they made progress and that we would continue to work to resolve outstanding issues.

No additional information about their meeting was immediately available.

Both President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro are attending the summit. The two leaders had no formal meetings scheduled but were expected to interact on the sidelines of the summit.

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