Cuba, U.S. renew talks while differing over Venezuela

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Roberta Jacobson appears at a news conference during talks between the U.S. and Cuba at the State Department in WashingtonBy Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba and the United States renewed talks on restoring diplomatic relations on Monday, this time amid secrecy and with the longtime adversaries differing sharply over Venezuela, Cuba’s closest ally. Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson met in Havana with Josefina Vidal, the Cuban foreign ministry’s chief of U.S. affairs, for the first day of open-ended talks. Jacobson and Vidal led their respective delegations with intense media coverage in Havana in January and in Washington in February, but reporters were excluded from this session.