Cuba, U.S. Open New Round of Migration Talks

Washington, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and the United States began today in this capital discussions on migration issues in a new round of talks including review of agreements and boosting cooperation in combating illegal flow of people.

It is expected that at the end of the day the parties will issue statements on the results of the biannual talks, the first in the sector since the two countries re-established diplomatic relations and reopened their embassies in July.

The general director of the U.S. Department in the Foreign Ministry, Josefina Vidal, leads the Cuban delegation and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State, Edward Alex Lee, head the team of the host party.

In January 2015, Havana hosted the last session of the migration talks, while the one corresponding to the middle of this year was postponed until today for coinciding with the resumption of bilateral ties.

The new round is based on the agreements of 1994 and 1995, which reflected the commitment of the parties to maintain a safe, legal and orderly flow of people, although both governments address the issue since 1984.

Cuba said that during the meeting it will reiterate its concern about the validity of the ‘policy wet foot-dry foot “, the” Parole Program for Cuban medical professionals’ and other initiatives by Washington that promote illegal immigration and the brain drain.

For its part, the United States insisted that its immigration policy toward Cuba has not changed, despite the rapprochement between the two governments.

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