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By David Adams and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuban and U.S. officials held a second round of talks toward normalizing ties on Friday, and the Cuban delegation said "good progress" was made, but the two sides did not set a date for renewal of diplomatic ties that Washington severed 54 years ago. Going into the talks, Communist-ruled Cuba pushed to be removed from a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, but Washington said the designation should not be linked to the negotiations on renewing relations and opening embassies. Speaking to reporters after the talks, Josefina Vidal, chief of the Cuban foreign ministry's U.S. division, said that removal from the terrorism list was not a pre-condition for renewal of diplomatic ties but added it was a "very important issue" and a priority for Cuba. Friday's talks in Washington stemmed from the decision announced by the two Cold War era foes last December to work to normalize relations, including opening embassies in each other's countries, and to exchange prisoners.