Cuban, US officials meet in Havana on consular services

Havana, Cuba, November 17, 2017: View of the US Embassy on the Malecón Promenade in the Cuban capital. The roadway Malecón stretches for 8 km (5 miles) along the coast. (Janek, Getty Images)

HAVANA – Cuban and State Department officials have met in Havana to discuss the expansion of consular and visa services on the island.

The meeting Wednesday is the latest in a series of friendly exchanges between the two governments, which share a historically icy relationship.

Cuba issued a brief statement confirming the meeting took place.

The U.S. delegation included Rena Bitter, assistant secretary of state for consular affairs, and Ur Mendoza Jaddou, director of U.S. citizenship and immigration Services.

The U.S. Embassy closed in 2017 following a series of health incidents. While a full reopening has yet to be announced, U.S. officials have said visa processing would resume in January.