Cubanos, great news! Soon you may be able to mail letters back-and-forth between the U.S. and Cuba.
The United States and Cuba sat down on Monday in Havana to discuss re-establishing direct mail services between the two countries after a 50-year-ban. The two countries plan to discuss letter services, not packages or express mail, a source told Reuters.
This is the second time the two countries have met to discuss the proposed mail service. The first encounter in Washington in June was characterized as positive and constructive.
Direct mail service between the United States and Cuba has been suspended since 1963. Foreign relations between the two countries has been at a stand-still since the 1959 revolution led by Fidel Castro.
These discussion are reinvigorating hope that Obama Administration and President Raul Castro have not given up on improving relations between the countries.
Obama restarted immigration and postal talks with Cuba in 2009, after both were suspended in 2004 by the Bush administration.
However, talks were suspended again soon after when contractor Alan Gross was arrested and sentenced to 15 years in Cuban prison in 2011. Many analysts believe that any significant improvement in relations between the countries must include the release of Gross.
Paul Webster Hare, former British ambassador to Cuba, thinks that there have been some improvements. He said Cuba’s decision not to allow Edward Snowden asylum in the country was significant.
“The Cubans recognized that for any prospect of better relations they needed to avoid more long-term irritants,” he said.
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