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US and Cuba to sign agreement for direct regular flights
Published on February 15, 2016 Email To Friend    Print Version


HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding for the establishment of direct regular flights between Cuba and the United States will take place on Tuesday in Havana.

According to a press statement released by the foreign ministry, Adel Yzquierdo, minister of transport, and Alfredo Cordero, president of the Institute of Civil Aeronautics of Cuba, will represent Cuba on the ceremony, while Anthony Foxx, transportation secretary, and Ambassador Charles H. Rivkin, deputy secretary for economic and business affairs of the State Department, will do so for the United States.

As announced earlier, negotiators of the two countries reached an understanding on this issue and, after the corresponding steps, the final document will be signed on Tuesday.

A few weeks ago, in an exclusive interview with ACN, Josefina Vidal, director general of the US Department of the Cuban ministry of foreign affairs, said that after the signing of the document a conciliation process opens between the entities responsible for providing the service to address all technical requirements.

Vidal pointed out that a few months will still be necessary to establish these regular direct flights, but that the signing of this memorandum of understanding is a positive step in the right direction.
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