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Cuba temporarily resumes consular services in U.S.

English.news.cn   2013-12-10 03:48:32            

HAVANA, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Cuba announced the restoration of its consular services in the United States temporarily till Feb. 17, 2014, the official daily Granma reported Monday.

Cuba, which suspended its consular services on Nov. 26, made the announcement after the M & T Bank, previously in charge of Cuba's Interest Section operations in the U.S., granted an extension for closing the accounts of Cuban diplomatic missions there, Granma said.

This extension will run till March 1, 2014, specifying to receive deposits for consular services only till Feb. 17.

Cuba's Interests Section in Washington pledged to "continue its efforts to identify a new bank to take over the operation of its accounts and gradually be able to normalize permanently the consular services," the daily said.

The M & T Bank notified the Cuba Interests Section in Washington on July 12 that it is not able to continue with the section due to U.S. sanctions against Havana and gave it a term till Nov. 26, 2013, to end the relations.

Cuba and the United States have no diplomatic relations, but established Interests Sections in Washington and Havana respectively on May 30, 1977 to treat diplomatic and consular affairs.

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