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U.S., Cuba To Hold Claims Talks In Havana

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) -- Delegates with the United States and Cuba are set to meet Tuesday in their first government to government claims discussion.

The delegation for the U.S. will be led by Mary McLeod who is the acting legal adviser for the U.S. Department of State.

According to the department, the meeting will allow the two sides to talk about claims pending on both ends.

On the agenda for the U.S. delegates are claims brought on by U.S. nationals that are certified by the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission. This relates to unsatisfied U.S. court judgments against Cuba along with claims brought on by the U.S. government.

Cuban delegates are expected to bring up claims raised against the U.S. related to the embargo.

The meeting is the first step in what is expected to be a "long and complex process,"according to the department.

The U.S. views the resolution of outstanding claims as a top priority in the normalization process.

Click here to read more about U.S.- Cuba Relations.

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