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Migration talks between Cuba and the United States held in Washington D.C.

On July 11, 2018, a new round of migration talks was held between the delegations from Cuba and the United States, which were presided over by the Director General for U.S. Affairs at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Fernández de Cossío, and by the Coordinator for Cuban Affairs at the State Department, Gabriel Escobar, respectively.

Cuba and the United States hold fourth meeting on law enforcement dialogue

On July 10, 2018, a fourth meeting was held in Washington D.C. between authorities from law enforcement agencies from Cuba and the United States. This meeting is a continuity of the one held in the same city on September 15, 2017.

The purpose of these exchanges is to coordinate the bilateral cooperation in the field of law enforcement and to advance in the combat against the different crimes that threaten the security of the two countries such as terrorism, illicit drug trafficking, trafficking in persons, cybercrimes, among others.

The medical and scientific cooperation brings Cuba and the United States together

The cooperation in health and science between Cuban and the United States is the main subject in a special issue of the MEDICC Review that was presented in June 25 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a prestigious scientific institution headquartered on the U.S. capital city. 

Seventh Meeting of the Cuba-United States Bilateral Commission held in Washington D.C. 

On June 14, 2018, the Seventh Bilateral Commission Meeting between Cuba and the United States was held in Washington, D.C. 

Even in the present circumstances, the Commission remains as an official dialogue forum for the direct discussion of differences and the follow-up on issues in which there is cooperation and mutual interest.

The meeting provided an opportunity to review the areas of exchange and cooperation where activities were carried out in the most recent months and to confirm potentials to move forward in other sectors. 

The United States accepts that they do not know the explanation, nature or cause of the health problems reported by its diplomats

On May 29, 2018, the Embassy of the United States in Havana informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba that, on May 27, an official of that Embassy had reported health symptoms as a result of “undefined sounds” in her place of residence.

 Immediately, the Cuban Government gave top priority to the matter and officially requested the Diplomatic Mission of the United States that specialized medical doctors and investigators respectively, could interview said official. 

Cuban experts paid visit to the National Earthquake Information Center of the United States

On May 7- 11, 2018, experts from the National Center for Seismological Research (CENAIS) of the Cuban Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment (CITMA), paid a visit to the National Earthquake Information Center of  the United States Geological Survey, located in Golden, Colorado, in the United States. The purpose of said visit was to identify the seismic records of earthquakes with epicenter in the Florida Straits registered by both seismological services.

Cuban and U.S. companies reached an agreement on Heperbrot-P

The Cuban company Heber Biotec and the U.S. company Mercurio Biotec join efforts to bring Heberprot-P therapy to patients who suffer from diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) in the United States, upon approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

According to the press note released by the entrepreneurial group BioCubaFarma, the Cuban therapy is expected to lower in more than half the current figure of risk of diabetic foot ulcer-related amputations in the United States, due to the successful history of the product and the commitment given by Mercurio and Heber.

Cuba and the United States advance in the bilateral cooperation against discharges of hydrocarbons and other harmful or potentially hazardous substances

Delegations from Cuba and the United States met to establish a Plan for Bilateral Coordination as part of the implementation of an Agreement signed by both countries in the field of cooperation on the preparedness and response to the pollution caused by discharges of hydrocarbons and other harmful or potentially  hazardous substances in the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Straits. 

Cuba and the United States strengthen cooperation in the field of search and rescue

Authorities of the Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue System of the Republic of Cuba (SAR-Cuba) participated in the observance of a tabletop exercise on search and rescue in Key West, Florida, in response to an invitation extended by the U.S. Coast Guard Service. The initiative, which took place on March 6, 2018, falls within the context of the bilateral governmental cooperation after the signing of an Agreement on this field on January 18, 2017. 

Unilateral decision by the government of the United States is politically motivated 

Havana, March 5, 2018.- The decision by the United States Government, which unilaterally maintains the drawdown of its staff at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba indefinitely, is politically motivated and has no relation whatsoever with the safety and security of its officials in Havana, said the General Director for U.S. Affairs of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Carlos Fernández de Cossío in his statement to the press.

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