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Originally published June 19, 2013 at 10:50 AM | Page modified June 19, 2013 at 10:52 AM

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US and Cuba to resume migration talks

A State Department official says the United States and Cuba have agreed to resume bilateral talks on migration issues next month, in the latest evidence of a thaw in chilly relations.

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HAVANA —

A State Department official says the United States and Cuba have agreed to resume bilateral talks on migration issues next month, in the latest evidence of a thaw in chilly relations.

The talks will be held in Washington on July 17. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publically. The two Cold War enemies just concluded discussions in Washington about resuming direct mail service, which has been suspended since 1963.

No agreement was reached, but the fact that the two sides are at the table is significant.

A nascent effort at rapprochement between Washington and Havana has stalled since the arrest of a U.S. government subcontractor in 2009 after he was caught bringing communications equipment into Cuba illegally. Washington is demanding his release.

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