Washington: The US and Cuba will discuss this week the possibility of re-establishing direct mail, suspended 50 years ago, a State Department spokesperson said on Monday.

Talks of a "technical" nature will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington among officials of the State Department, the US Postal Service and the Cuban government, said the spokesperson.

"We think that re-establishing a direct mail service is consistent with our interest in promoting a free flow of information to, from and within Cuba," the official said.

The spokesperson said the talks "do not imply any change in United States policy toward Cuba".

Cuba and the US have not had diplomatic relations since 1961, and the postal service between the two countries was interrupted in 1963, a year after Washington imposed an economic and trade embargo.


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