Top US, Cuba diplomats hold highest-level meeting in decades

John Kerry
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers his speech during the University Presidents Forum in Panama City, Thursday, April 9, 2015. Kerry is in Panama to attends the VII Summit of the Americas. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. and Cuban diplomats have met in Panama in the highest-level meeting between the two governments in more than half a century.

The U.S. State Department says Secretary of State Kerry and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez met on Thursday evening in Panama City, where the Summit of the Americas kicks off on Friday.

Officials described the meeting as lengthy. They say that Kerry and Rodriguez agreed that they had made progress and would keep working to address ongoing issues.

No additional information about their meeting was immediately available.

Both President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro are attending the summit. The two leaders had no formal meetings scheduled but were expected to interact on the sidelines of the summit. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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