U.S. Mission spokeswoman Hagar Chemali said Power discussed the normalization of relations between the two countries and priorities at the United Nations during her first-ever meeting with Cuba’s U.N. Ambassador Rodolfo Reyes Rodriguez.

Cuba and the United States broke off diplomatic relations in 1961 during tense Cold War times. After almost 54 years of hostilities, U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced on Dec. 17 that they would negotiate a restoration of ties. That happened on July 20 when the two countries formally re-established diplomatic relations.

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