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By Reuters
Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, 9:27 p.m.

HAVANA — The United States and Cuba concluded on Monday their second round of talks aimed at re-establishing direct mail service between the two countries after a 50-year ban but left for later the most sensitive issue — Cuban planes landing on U.S. soil.

The Cuban Foreign Ministry said both sides had agreed to continue the talks in the near future and that it had emphasized “working out the transportation of mail by regular direct routes in both directions” was key to their successful conclusion.

Cuba said talks between the postal services of the two countries took place “in a respectful manner,” and the U.S. Interests Section said officials “described the discussions as fruitful.”

The U.S. delegation, led by Lea Emerson, postal service executive director for international postal services, was to tour Cuban mail facilities on Tuesday, the Interests Section said.

The countries do not have diplomatic relations but maintain lower-level missions in each other's capitals.

Direct mail service between the United States and Cuba has been suspended since 1963.

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