The United States and Cuba both expressed optimism ahead of talks scheduled for Thursday on reestablishing diplomatic relations.
After a historic meeting between President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro in Panama last month, there has been some movement on U.S. demands about embassy operations, including diplomatic travel inside Cuba and access for Cuban citizens to a U.S. Embassy, a senior State Department official said in a briefing for reporters Tuesday.
“I don’t want to sound too Pollyannaish . . . but I do think we’re closer than we have been,” the official said. “I think my [Cuban] counterparts are coming up here with a desire to get this done.” The negotiating session will be held at the State Department.
“I wouldn’t be even remotely optimistic if I did not feel that we were making progress,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity under rules imposed by the State Department.