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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Cuban and U.S. officials will meet in Havana Monday to discuss the ongoing normalization of relations between both countries.

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They are holding their third meeting for their watchdog commission that reviews the progress made so far in a wide range of issues.

Cuba’s Foreign Ministry official Gustavo Machin said they’ve made progress in many areas including air safety, law enforcement and the environment.  Despite that, he says, some areas are lagging especially when it comes to commercial and economic advances. Machin says it’s something that will continue to lag as long as the U.S. economic and trade embargo remains in effect.

The embargo and what Machin says is the “occupation of the territory by the Guantanamo Naval Base” are major priorities when it comes to normalizing relations and have been mentioned time and time again.

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Other tense issues have been raised but are not being negotiated such as mutual claims for property and damages.

Josefina Vidal, head of the Foreign Ministry U.S. Department, will be heading the talks.

The commission will also set out an agenda for continued talks between both nations.

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