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US Pleased with Progress in Relations with Cuba
The United States expressed satisfaction today with the progress in recent months in the relations with Cuba, although acknowledged that the process towards the normalization of bilateral relations will be complex and will take years.

We move in the right direction and promote more exchanges between the two countries, the White House said in a statement in which it reiterated its desire for the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed against Cuba for more than five decades, which is described as counterproductive.

Cuba will continue working to analyze areas of mutual concern, despite the differences, and overcome the previous isolation policies that were a failure, the text says.

The official note stresses among those progresses the exclusion of the Caribbean island from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism, relation in which, according to the Cuban government, the island never should be in that list, as well as the visit of Secretary of State, John Kerry, to Havana in August, where he presided over the official ceremony to reopen the embassy.

The director of the United States Division at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Josefina Vidal, said yesterday that the two neighboring nations achieved important progress in the last 12 months,although reiterated that the lifting of unilateral sanctions as the main obstacle to improve ties, is pending.

He spoke on the need that the United States returns the territory occupied by the naval base in Guantanamo, the cessation of illegal radio and television broadcasting, and abandon the intentions to subvert the internal order of the Caribbean island. / PL.

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