Cuba and the United States hold immigration talks in Washington DC.

Washington, April 16, 2024.- On April 16, 2024, representatives of Cuba and the United States held bilateral migration talks in Washington DC. The Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Fernández de Cossío Domínguez, chaired the Cuban delegation and the Deputy Undersecretary of State of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs of the State Department, Eric Jacobstein, led the US delegation.

During the meeting, both parties reviewed the compliance of the bilateral Migration Agreements, the texts of which record the mutual commitment to guarantee regular, safe and orderly migration.

The Cuban delegation reaffirmed its willingness to comply and respect, as up to now, the established commitments and reiterated its concern about the policies and measures to encourage irregular migration that remain in force by political decision of the US government.

Cuba emphatically denounced the negative impact that the United States economic blockade and its extreme reinforcement applied since 2019 have on the socioeconomic situation of the Cuban population, an element that constitutes an important incentive to migration. In this regard, the country's permanence on the so-called List of State Sponsors of Terrorism, the preferential treatment that Cubans who illegally enter US territory still receive, and the validity of the Cuban Adjustment Act were highlighted.

The Cuban delegation reiterated the importance of reestablishing the processing of non-immigrant visas at the US Embassy in Havana, a consular facility that would prevent the transfer to third countries of Cuban citizens interested in this type of visa.

Cuba insisted on the importance of compliance with bilateral migration agreements in their entirety and not selectively, and reaffirmed its willingness to continue the rounds of talks on migration matters with the United States.


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