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US officials seek end to Cuban restrictions on diplomats

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- American officials head to Havana this week with fairly modest goals for cooperation with Cuba, hoping restrictions on the U.S. Interests Section there will end so that an embassy -- and symbol of the two countries' new relationship -- can be established.

A senior administration official says the U.S. objectives include American diplomats being reaccredited in Cuba and facing no travel restrictions; no limits on how many U.S. diplomats are in the country; unimpeded shipments to the U.S. mission; and free access to the mission for Cubans.

How quickly the Cubans meet these requests will help determine when the two countries can re-establish embassies, post ambassadors in each other's capitals and restore full diplomatic relations. The official briefed reporters Monday on condition of not being quoted by name.
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