US, Cuba plans embassy openings despite 'profound' conflict on human-rights

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The top U.S. official conducting talks with the Cuban government in Havana this week offered few details about negotiations over human rights but said both sides are moving forward with re-establishing diplomatic relations.

Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson said the first round of talks with Cuban officials have been “positive and productive,” with both sides moving forward with plans to open embassies in their respective countries and discussions on how the U.S. embassy in Havana would operate.

Jacobson also highlighted the new regulations easing sanctions against Cuba announced by the U.S. Treasury and Commerce departments last week as demonstrating “the breadth and depth to which the United States has already implemented the president’s commitment to a new director for the U.S. policy on Cuba.”

“Our efforts to normalize relations will be a continuing process that goes beyond establishing diplomatic relations or opening an embassy,” she said. “Today, we have made further steps in this new direction.”

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