[CUBA] Cuba suspends consular services in the United States, but reopens immigration talks.
Following M&T Bank’s pull-out from Cuba, which it said was for business reasons, the Cuban government has suspended consular services in the United States except for “humanitarian cases.” Cuba said it had tried but failed to find a new bank due to the trade embargo. More than 40,000 people travel from the United States to Cuba each month, on average. The Cuban Interests Section in Washington, DC, handles consular services.
Meanwhile, Cuba and the United States have announced reopening of talks on immigration services. The European Union (EU) has also agreed to negotiate with Cuba on the possibility of restoring full bilateral relations. The EU-Cuba talks are expected to include trade, investment, and human rights issues.