The United States and Cuba talked again on Monday in Havana about the resumption of normal postal service, a topic that’s hard to get excited about, but it’s something that counts for a lot in the barren landscape of U.S.-Cuba relations. Even in the age of e-mail, many people on both sides would like to be able to send letters and documents and to count on normal delivery times (as opposed to three weeks to never), and the postal services might possibly undercut the prices of the parcel delivery services available today. Reuters story here.
An obstacle, noted in previous coverage here, is reciprocity. Specifically, whether each side will let the other’s planes carry mail back and forth, which would mean the United States allowing Cuba to initiate flights to the United States. Heaven forfend.
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is opposed to the talks and to any agreement, “for the well-being of the Cuban people.”