U.S. Talks on Re-establishing Diplomatic Relations With Cuba

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 21, 2015

On Thursday, May 21, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta S. Jacobson hosted the delegation from the Cuban government led by Josefina Vidal, Director General of the U.S. Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for the fourth round of talks to re-establish diplomatic relations and re-open embassies.

On Friday, May 22, the heads of delegations will hold sequential press availabilities -- first Cuba, then the United States -- at approximately 11 a.m. EDT. The availabilities will take place at the Washington Foreign Press Center, located at the National Press Building, 529 14th Street NW, Suite 800, Washington D.C. 20045. Cameras must be preset 30 minutes prior to briefing start time. Riser space available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

The event will be livestreamed at http://video.state.gov/live. Broadcast quality video may be downloaded following the briefing at www.dvidshub.net/USDOS.

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

Contact information for the Washington Foreign Press Center: (202) 504-6300 or FPCowner@state.gov.