Havana, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez insisted on the obligation of the US government to guarantee the issuance in Havana of 20,000 annual visas to Cubans to emigrate to that country.
There is no justification for keeping that service interrupted in Cuba and forcing the aspiring emigrants to travel to Guyana, the head of the island’s diplomacy said in a message posted on Twitter.
He reiterated that the US government must stop hindering and violating the rights of Cubans to travel to third countries in the area and calls for compliance with bilateral migration agreements in their entirety and not selectively.
This Thursday, both parties held official talks in Washington D.C. in which they reviewed compliance with bilateral agreements and the mutual commitment to guarantee regular, safe and orderly migration.
During the meeting, Cuba reiterated its concern over the US government measures that stimulate migration, prevent it from taking place in a legal and orderly manner, and generate the socio-economic conditions that encourage it with the reform of the economic, financial and commercial blockade of Havana.
According to the US Customs and Border Protection Office, in the last six months there were 79,800 detentions of Cubans.