U.S., Cuba Hold First Formal Talks on Human Rights

The United States and Cuba met on Tuesday to discuss how they intend to treat future dialogue on the thorny issue of human rights as the countries move toward restoring diplomatic ties. The U.S. delegation was led by Tom Malinowski, the State Department's assistant secretary for human rights and democracy. Pedro Luis Pedroso, deputy director of multilateral affairs and law at the ministry of foreign affairs, led the Cuban side. a State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said "This preliminary meeting reflects our continued focus on human rights and democratic principles in Cuba,"