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US-Cuba Relations / Diplomats / American Prisoners #49302

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jun 03, 1977
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(Studio) United States and Cuba formally announce exchange of diplomats. Cubans announce plans to release 10 United States prisoners, in jail on drug charges. REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) This will be 1st exchange of diplomats since Bay of Pigs. One of Fidel Castro's dreams since taking power has been recognition by US. [State Department spokesperson John TRATTNER - says agreement will facilitate communications between 2 govts. and provide better services for people of 2 ntns.] American officials make it clear that Cuba must do more than release 10 prisoners in order for President Carter to accept Cuba ambassador; 1 requirement probably to be curtailment of activities in Africa.
REPORTER: John Scali

(Studio) Comments by Castro in interviews with anchor noted, with regard to United States economy embargo, property of Americans nationalized by Cuba and United States base at Guantanamo. Other problems concern human rights and Cuban troops in Africa, especially Angola.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

Reporter(s):
Scali, John;
Walters, Barbara
Duration:
00:03:30

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