CUBA AND US OFFICIALS TO MEET NEXT WEEK TO DEEPEN DETENTE
2Cuba and the United States will meet next week for a third round of talks on improving relations, the Cuban government said on Thursday, adding that the two countries were not yet negotiating their multibillion-dollar claims against one another. A bilateral commission will meet next Monday in Havana to evaluate progress made by the former Cold War foes in putting their decadesold conflict behind them, and to identify new areas of cooperation, said Gustavo Machin, the deputy director for U.S. affairs in the Cuban foreign ministry. “We will set the agenda for the rest for the year,” Machin told a news conference. Cuba and the U.S. reestablished diplomatic relations a year ago and have signed agreements on issues of common concern such as the environment, postal services and direct flights.