The governments of the United States and Cuba have resumed bilateral dialogue this week in Havana with a series of meetings focused on security issues, in the first meeting of this type that both parties have held since 2018.
The Cuban Ministry of the Interior has explained that security officials from the two countries met on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss “cooperation to confront scourges such as terrorism, the smuggling of migrants and immigration fraud, among others.”
On the part of the United States, members of the State, Homeland Security and Justice departments were present, as well as spokespersons for some of the agencies dedicated to border control or sea surveillance.
With this dialogue, the United States aspires to “better protect” its citizens and favor the accountability of “transnational criminals”, with an eye on, for example, human trafficking or drug trafficking, according to a statement. of the US Department of State.
Washington has clarified that this rapprochement “does not affect the continued focus of the Administration (of Joe Biden) on key Human Rights issues,” since this surveillance continues to be “central” to US positions on the island.