Cuba, US at odds on ending Havana's terror blacklist

A woman wears leggings depicting the US flag in Havana on January 26, 2015Just two days ahead of a second round of talks on restoring diplomatic ties frozen for five decades, Cuba and the United States staked out competing demands to ensure progress. Cuban officials demanded that as a preliminary step to renewing relations, Washington must remove the island from its list of state sponsors of terrorism. “It would be very easy to restore diplomatic relations if they would not link those two things … it’s a delay of their own making, frankly,” the senior State Department official told reporters. A delegation from Cuba will meet with US counterparts on Friday at the State Department to resume negotiations after a first historic round held in Havana last month.

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