Consul visits Britons held in Cuba

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British diplomats have finally met seven British citizens jailed by Cuba after their involvement in a private investigation came to light.

British diplomats have finally met seven British citizens jailed by Cuba after their involvement in a private investigation came to light.

Britain's Foreign Office had been pressing Cuban authorities for days to allow British Embassy officials access to the British citizens.

The seven have not been formally charged.

In London, a Foreign Office spokeswoman confirmed that the meetings took place individually Wednesday afternoon. The Britons were "in good health and ... were being well-treated."

The Cuban Charge d'Affaires, Oscar de los Reyes, said in London after meeting Foreign Office minister Peter Hain: "This incident is being examined by both our foreign offices and we are both certain that it will be resolved to our mutual satisfaction."

Mr Hain released a statement saying that he hoped the Cuban authorities resolved this matter speedily, and added: "Relations between Britain and Cuba are good and this incident is unusual and unfortunate. I hope that it can be quickly resolved."

The Foreign Office said Cuban authorities had agreed to allow British officials regular access to the detainees, but future meetings had not yet been scheduled.

British authorities were told of the detentions on 9 October, but say they did not receive written notification until 13 October.

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