After 50 Years, U.S. and Cuba Will Discuss Resuming Direct Mail

It's been 50 years since direct mail between U.S. and Cuba was suspended. Now the two countries are set to resume discussion that could bring on the end of this suspension.

Fox News Latino reports that talks to bring back direct mail between the U.S. and Cuba will continue on Tuesday in Washington. According to a U.S. official who spoke with The Associated Press under anonymity, negotiations will take place despite a deadlock between Washington and Havana over detainees, which have stalled most agreement efforts in the past.

Cuba and the U.S. have not had any direct mail service since 1963, but letters have gone back and forth via third countries. The official stressed that discussions are taking place in the context of of the Cuba Democracy Act of 1992 and are consistent with the U.S. interest "in promoting the free flow of information to, from and within Cuba."

The U.S. delegation for the talks will be led by Lea Emerson, who is the director of international postal affairs at the U.S. Postal Service. Jose Cabanas Rodriguez, Havana's top diplomat in Washington, will lead the Cuban side.