WASHINGTON (AFP) – Cuba has freed some of the 53 political prisoners identified on a US list as it moves towards normalising ties with the United States, an American official said Tuesday.
“They have already released some of the prisoners,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.
“Obviously we would like to see this completed in the near future.”
She refused, however, to specify how many people were freed.
Last month US President Barack Obama signaled a historic shift in US ties with Cuba, ordering his administration to initiate steps to normalize relations.
He also wants to eventually persuade Congress to lift the 54-year-old US trade embargo on Cuba which he has described as “self-defeating.”