Cuba and the US agree to re-establish direct mail service

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Cuba and the United States said they have struck a deal to re-establish direct mail service, which was cut in 1963 at the height of Cold War tensions.

Both countries announced Friday that they would launch a pilot program to test direct service. They gave no date for the permanent re-establishment of service but indicated that it would not be imminent, saying that technical, operational, and safety aspects remained under discussion.

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The announcement came six days before the anniversary of presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro’s announcement that they were re-establishing diplomatic relations. The Obama administration has been trying to show tangible results of the new policy ahead of the anniversary.

Associated Press