US, Cuban Diplomats to Meet Today

By Caitlin Taylor

Apr 27, 2009 8:26am

Officials of the US State Department are meeting today in Washington, DC, with diplomats from the Cuban Interests Section, the non-embassy the Cubans have here.

What will be discussed at the meeting? Obama administration officials aren’t saying, though of course it would be only natural for US diplomats to see what the Cuban government thought of President Obama’s initiative announced earlier this month, in which he lifted travel, commerce, and mail restrictions on Cuba.

The president formally declared a potential new day in US-Cuban relations at the Summit of the Americas.

Meetings between the State Department and Cuban diplomats occurred during the Bush administration as well, an administration source says, so no one should necessarily read too much into today’s meeting, though the context of today’s confab might make that difficult. State Department officials might want to explore whether they should be listening to Fidel or Raul Castro, for instance, when it comes to official reaction to President Obama’s overtures.

– jpt

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