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U.S. Sec. Of Commerce Talks Embargo In Cuba

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) -- The U.S. Secretary of Commerce is in Cuba with the main topic on the table being the embargo.

It's Sec. Penny Pritzker's second day in the island nation where she is set to meet the Cuban trade and foreign ministers for a discussion on the possible lifting of the embargo, among other things.

Pritzker began her visit to Cuba with a stop in Havana and then visited the "special enterprise zone" which is an area developed to encourage investment.

Her visit comes after last month's meeting between President Barack Obama and Cuban Leader Raul Castro.

Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla summarized the meeting as taking place in a "respectful and constructive climate."

During the meeting, he said, the two nations agreed to work on an agenda towards the normalization of relations.

Related: Cuba: No Normalization Without Lifting Of Embargo

Despite their agreement on normalizing relations, the embargo and U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo seem to be a no-budge subject for Cuba.

"The Cuban president reiterated for Cuba and the United States to be able to have normalized relations, the blockade or embargo that has caused damages and hardships to the Cuban people and affects the interests of American citizens must be lifted and the territory occupied by the US naval base in Guantanamo should be returned to Cuba," said Rodríguez Parrilla.

The Cuban delegation continues to push for the lifting of the embargo and will present a resolution at the United Nations on October 27th.

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


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