U.S. Talks on Reestablishing Diplomatic Relations with Cuba

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 14, 2015

On May 21, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta S. Jacobson will host a delegation from the Cuban government led by Josefina Vidal, Director General of the U.S. Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Assistant Secretary Jacobson and Director General Vidal will continue discussions on re-establishing diplomatic relations and re-opening embassies. A U.S. Embassy in Havana will allow the United States to more effectively promote our interests and values, and increase engagement with the Cuban people.

Since the President’s announcement of his new direction on Cuba last December, the United States and Cuba have seen growing communication on a variety of issues, including matters of mutual concern such as migration, law enforcement, access to information, environmental protection, and trafficking in persons.

Additional information on the talks and media opportunities will be provided closer to the date.

To get updates from Assistant Secretary Jacobson, follow her on Twitter @WHAAsstSecty.