Washington, DC - On Friday, the Department of State will host the second round of talks to re-establish diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.

As with the first round, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta S. Jacobson will lead the U.S. delegation. Josefina Vidal, Director General of the U.S. Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will again head the Cuban delegation.

These talks continue the dialogue initiated by the parties on January 22 in Havana, Cuba, and are a key step in implementing the new direction in U.S.-Cuba relations announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014.

The talks are scheduled for one day, from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m.