US, Cuba hold migration talks in Washington
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US, Cuba hold migration talks in Washington

U.S. and Cuban government officials are meeting in Washington for a new round of migration talks.

The talks are held every six months to discuss the implementation of 1990s migration accords. Regular discussions were suspended in 2011, the same year Cuba sentenced a U.S. government development subcontractor to 15 years in prison, but they resumed in 2013.

The migration talks have often been used to discuss other issues as well. It’s a rare chance for dialogue between two countries that have not had full diplomatic relations since 1961.

A U.S. State Department announcement says Wednesday’s negotiations are being led by Alex Lee, deputy assistant secretary at the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and Josefina Vidal, the top official for North American affairs at Cuba’s Foreign Ministry.