US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez held talks in Panama City on April 10 (Vietnam time), the highest-level meeting of the two countries in the past 50 years.

The talks came on the eve of the Summit of the Americas which opened in Panama on April 10.

US President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Cuban leader Raul Castro on the margin of the two-day summit.

Earlier, the two countries agreed on an action plan for the normalisation of bilateral relations, including the first phase of re-establishing ties and opening embassies in the respective countries, and the second phase of lifting US embargos against Cuba from the past half century.

Havana authorities also urged the US to remove Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List.-VNA