HAVANA (AP) — A senior U.S. State Department official says migration talks with the Cuban government in Havana this week have been productive.
Alex Lee is deputy assistant secretary at the State Department's Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. He says the discussions yielded "some positive outcomes," but is not giving concrete details.
Lee said Friday that the Obama administration is open to a new relationship with Havana, but suggested that it should go hand-in-hand with more political freedom in the Communist-run nation.
Lee said that in the meantime, the countries are focused on working on "narrowly defined" areas of common interest.
The talks took place Thursday in the Cuban capital. They also covered other topics such as aviation security, consular document fraud and search and rescue protocols.
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Original headline: US official: Cuba migration talks productive
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