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WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - An aviation deal establishing airline service between the United States and Cuba is expected to help boost travel between the two nations even as tourism-related travel remains prohibited, the U.S. State Department said in announcing the arrangement on Thursday.
"While U.S. law continues to prohibit travel to Cuba for tourist activities, a stronger civil aviation relationship will facilitate growth in authorized travel between our two countries- a critical component of the President's policy toward Cuba," the State Department said in a statement. (Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Eric Walsh)