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Tuesday December 10, 2013

Cuban Government Resumes Consular Services, At Least for Now

The Cuban Interests Section in Washington will temporarily resume providing consular services in the United States, which it had suspended because it could not find a bank to use due to restrictions linked to Uncle Sam’s economic embargo, government-run media reported here on Monday.

The resumption of services, through Feb. 17, comes after M&T Bank, which serves both the interest section and Cuba’s U.N. mission in New York, granted a postponement until March 1 of the closure of the diplomatic mission’s accounts in the United States.

“The Cuban Interests Section is continuing to take measures to identify a new bank that can assume handling its accounts and, insofar as that is achieved, it will be able to definitively normalize its consular services,” added the official Cuban communique.

The Cuban diplomatic mission in Washington said it regrets “the inconvenience caused for Cuban and U.S. citizens by the suspension of consular services on November 26 and guarantees that it will offer information regarding the evolution of this matter,” the official statement said.

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