Cuba Uneasy About Situation of its Interest Section in Washington

Havana, Jan 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuba expressed today deep worry about the situation of its Interest Section in Washington, which has been without banking services for almost a year.

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That office, as a result of the U.S. blockade, is about to mark a year without banking services, affecting severely the services it should be giving those who renew their passports or ask for visas, said a press release from the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

The text was published at the conclusión of the 28th round of migration talks between Cuba and the United States, held at the Havana Convention Center, which according to the release developed in a constructive environment..

The meeting allowed participants to evaluate diverse aspects of migratory relations including the observance of standing agreements, the emission of visas for emigrants and temporary visas, indicated the text.

It also says the results of actions taken by both parts to fight illegal migration, the smuggling of persons and document fraud. The document insists on the preoccupation of the Island before the persistence of the Cuban Adjustment Law and the “dry feet-wet feet” policy, as Cuba considers these regulations continue being the main incentive to illegal emigration of Cubans to the United States.

It also expressed satisfaction for the recent technical meeting held between the U.S. Coastguard Service and the Cuban Borderguard Troops to exchange measures aimed at implementing more efficiently the migratory accords.

The Cuban delegation reaffirmed its willingness to maintain these talks. These meetings are held every two years since 1995 to evaluate agreements on the issue.

The U.S. delegation was headed by the Assistant Subsecretary for Western Hemisphere affairs of the State Department, Edward Alex Lee.

The director general of the United States at the Foreign Ministry, Josefina Vidal headed the Cuban delegation.

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