United States and Cuba Hold Rare Bilateral Talks to Discuss Protecting Gulf of Mexico from Oil Spills

The United States and Cuba are holding rare talks to discuss the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the State Department said today.

The talks are the latest indication the growing oil slick may be moving east towards Florida and Cuba.

According to Gordon Duguid, a spokesman for the department, the talks are ongoing and said there is no word yet as to their outcome.

As the oil spill spreads toward Florida and Cuba, the State Department has begun briefing Havana on efforts to control it. "We also communicated US desire to maintain a clear line of communication with the Cuban government on developments,” one official tells ABC. The rare talks between diplomatic enemies better become more common when it comes to oil, writes Robert Muse at the Brookings Institution.

U.S. diplomats in Havana informed the Cuban government Wednesday of the latest details on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and its projected movements, State Department officials said.