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US and Cuba Near Deal to Allow Direct Flights: Cuban Official
   2015-12-17 20:20:14    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guan Chao

Cuba's Director of US Affairs Josefina Vidal makes comments in Havana on Dec. 16, 2015. [Screen shot: news.cntv.cn]

The US and Cuba are said to be making significant progress in joint efforts to restore direct commercial flights between them.

Cuba's Director of US Affairs Josefina Vidal made the comments in Havana on Wednesday, but noted a formal agreement is yet to be finalized.

"The negotiators have made significant progress in the talks regarding a memorandum of understanding on establishing regular flights between Cuba and United States, and soon will be able to brief us on the announcement of a preliminary agreement on this issue."

Vidal added the two sides are now working out the logistical details to restore direct mail services.

The former cold war foes announced plans to re-establish ties a year ago. Restoration of direct flights is expected to boost local tourism in Cuba.

US President Barack Obama recently said in an interview that he hoped to visit Cuba in 2016, if enough progress is made in bilateral relations.

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