Diplomats meet in Havana, talk progress and future goals

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Diplomats meet in Havana, talk progress and future goals1

U.S. and Cuban officials met in Havana to review progress made in normalizing ties.

Officials also set out a road map for deepening Washington-Havana ties during U.S. President Barack Obama’s final months in office.

CCTV America’s Michael Voss reports.

Diplomats meet in Havana, talk progress and future goals

Diplomats meet in Havana, talk progress and future goals

Officials also set out a road map for deepening Washington-Havana ties during U.S. President Barack Obama's final months in office.

After Monday’s meeting with U.S. diplomats, Cuba says that it has agreed to a series of visits in the coming months by high-level U.S. agriculture, health and security officials.

Both countries restored diplomatic relations and re-opened their embassies last year. The U.S.State Department described Monday’s meeting as respectful and productive, adding that talks on human rights and compensation claims are also on the agenda.

The biggest outstanding issue remains the U.S. trade embargo, which Cuba complains continues to hurt its economic development.

European countries are hoping to take advantage of the changing ties. Spain’s acting foreign minister was also in Havana, looking at ways to improve trade and investment.