12/09/13 - GlobalPost - Cuba resumes consular services in Washington
Cuba's diplomatic mission in Washington said Monday it will temporarily
resume consular activities, which were suspended after it was unable to
find a US bank to handle its account.
Washington-based M&T bank informed the Cuban Interests Section on Friday
that it would continue receiving deposits from consular services until
February 17, the mission said in a statement.
"Consular services will be immediately resumed on a temporary basis" until
that date while it looks for another bank, the mission said.
It suspended its consular services on November 26 saying M&T bank was
closing its account and it had been unable to find a new one.
Cuba's "Interests Section" in the US capital is in lieu of an embassy, a
consequence of the Cold War rupture in relations between the two rivals.
The United States has had comprehensive economic sanctions clamped on Cuba
The mission contends that the closing of its bank account stemmed from
restrictions related to the embargo.
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