U.S., Cuba to discuss direct mail, but no policy changes
June 17th, 2013
08:43 PM ET

U.S., Cuba to discuss direct mail, but no policy changes

By Jill Dougherty

Direct mail between the United States and Cuba was suspended 50 years ago.

Now the two countries have agreed to hold talks on reestablishing that service, but U.S. officials caution the discussions "are technical in nature" and do not indicate any change in policy toward Cuba.

Representatives from the State Department and the U.S. Postal Service will meet with Cuban officials in Washington this week to discuss the matter.

"The reason we're doing this is because it's of course good for the Cuban people," she said. "This is something we feel is good for us, but it's not meant to be a signal of anything or indicate a change in policy," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

The talks come as Washington and Havana have been at odds over the fate of U.S contractor Alan Gross, who was arrested in 2009 and is serving a 15-year prison sentence for bringing Internet access equipment to Cuban Jews. The Cuban government considers that action subversive.

The last talks with Cuba on reestablishing direct mail service were in 2009.

"We're hopeful that we'll be able to move things forward," Psaki said.

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  2. Eddie Fonseca

    As Americans when we think about Cuba most of us think of the fun and mysterious and tropical island, which welcomes tourists from the United States of America and foreign tourists who want to experience the true Cuban culture form Cuban Margaritas to salsa dancing in Little Havana on a cool crisp summer evening night. Many Cubans and other Latin American cultures live in Miami and New York, so by expanding the United States of America Postal Services from the USA to Cuba we are connecting family and friends from Cuba with their long time relatives in the United States of America. Being an American who has traveled to Cuba with some tourists groups, the culture of Cuba is so amazing they are talented bunch of people who produce highly educated doctors,who help fill doctor shortages in the United States of America and other parts of the world as well. Also Cuba is noted for their salsa singers from the Cuban American salsa singer Gloria Estefan, who's song's can be heard on radio stations in Miami and Cuba and around the world as well. As Americans we know the United States Postal Services has served the American public for many years, having trusted mail carriers deliver the latest energy bills to our homes, or delivering a child's first birthday card from their grandparents who live three states away form them. Without the United States Postal Services expanding their mail services will the children in Cuba experience the same mail services and same joy when they receive a birthday card from their relatives in Miami like most American children who receive mail from the US Postal Services for years to come.

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    U.S., Cuba to discuss direct mail, but no policy changes??? Isn't that a policy change? I don't understand why Cuba wants nothing to do with us and why we want nothing to do with them. We need to move on from past issues and start clean.

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  6. Navyvet8192

    I believe as long as there is a Dominican, Columbian and American rum & cigar lobby in Washington opposing normalizing relations with Cuba, we will never get to add it to our travel list as places to go!

    June 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  7. jonny

    As a canadian i have travelled to cuba the people were friendly and it was a nice place to visit, They are hardly a threat to anyone, let alone america never have understood why this has drug on so long it was water under the bridge decades ago.

    June 19, 2013 at 8:35 am | Reply
    • John Geheran

      Thank you jonny, for your input. I'm sick and tired of all these idiotic right-wing, anti-Cuban rants here. Although none of these idiots have ever set foot in Cuba, they keep parroting the same U.S. government line!

      June 19, 2013 at 9:03 am | Reply
  8. lance

    communist china is a worst threat to the u.s. militarily and economically than cuba could be in their biggest wet dreams. so why are we have free trade with china this country is out to sink us and our goverment pretends like cuba matters some how .

    June 18, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  9. Portland tony

    Snail mail for Cuba? Although not state of the art, believe it or not, Cuba has Internet access albeit slightly sensored.

    June 18, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Reply
    • Portland tony

      See the blue Icon...that's Portland tony. Poser troll...... Get a real handle....Huh!

      June 18, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  10. Old Salt

    The best way to turn Cuba's Communist government around would be to expose them to tourists from democratic countries.

    June 18, 2013 at 9:13 am | Reply
  11. denverboy1

    Mail from Cuba what a step..What a BOLD monumental step toward normalized relations after 40 some odd years...and how much business do we do with Communist China every day ??? Mail from Cuba..What a joke ...It's Pathetic our unrelenting stupidity concerning Cuba all for a few Votes In Miami.....Talk about being Politicaly whipped...Both the DEM and the GOP take in southern Florida...

    June 18, 2013 at 8:59 am | Reply
    • Portland tony

      Thank you, denverboy1. You nailed it!

      June 18, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  12. Joseph McCarthy

    The current U.S. policy toward Cuba alone clearly proves just how much of a stranglehold that the right-wing thugs have on our government. With 90% of Congress along with the White House bought and paid for by the M.I.C., this is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future. How revolting!

    June 18, 2013 at 6:58 am | Reply
  13. Steve

    I dont understand why our (US) government still has a problem with Cuba. Is this some absurd tradition?

    June 17, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Reply
    • MIB

      I agree a little more needs to be done. Not all at once a little at a time and a plan needs to be in place to gradually bring them in.

      June 18, 2013 at 4:55 am | Reply
    • denverboy1

      It's all about the CUBAN vote in Little Havana...It has NOTHING to do with Cuba..

      June 18, 2013 at 9:02 am | Reply
    • USMC1371

      Please leave it alone or we will be sending billions in aid to Cuba.

      June 18, 2013 at 10:10 am | Reply

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