The United States and Cuba on July 17 will resume their dialogue on immigration, talks that have been stalled for more than two years, in the second attempt to explore establishing closer links after the bilateral conversations on the resumption of direct mail service between the two countries that concluded Wednesday in this capital.

The prior round of bilateral immigration dialogue ended in Havana in January 2011.

"The scheduled conversations do not represent a significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba," a State Department source told Efe.

"Continuing to guarantee safe migration between Cuba and the United States is consistent with our interest in promoting greater freedoms and a greater respect for human rights in Cuba," the source said.

The announcement coincides with the end of two days of meetings regarding the possible resumption of direct postal service between the two countries.

Nevertheless, a U.S. diplomatic official told Efe that the two processes are independent of one another.

The July 17 meeting will proceed on the basis set in the 2011 talks in Havana and will deal with issues such as the processing of refugee requests, immigrant visas and other subjects designed to "facilitate the regular flow of migrants," the same source said.

The basis for immigration dialogue lies in the immigration accords of 1994 and 1995, whereby Washington and Havana committed themselves to maintain "safe, legal and orderly" immigration and to regularly review the implementation of those pacts, the State Department said. EFE