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US and Cuba agree to migration talks

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US and Cuba agree to migration talks


The United States and Cuba have agreed to resume direct talks on migration in the latest sign of President Obama’s desire to move towards a more cooperative relationship with Havana.

The talks are designed to establish a quantified amount of legal migration from Cuba to the United States in return for tighter curbs on illegal immigration. Similar such accords have been agreed in the past, but the Bush administration suspended negotiations five years ago, saying Cuba was failing to cooperate because it refused to grant exit permits to all Cubans who got US visas. Washington and Havana are also to discuss re-establishing the direct mail service between the two countries which was suspended in 1962.

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