Weekly Report - 15 September 2022 (WR-22-37)

CUBA: Migration drives more US talks

A technical meeting between Cuban border guard troops and US Coast Guard (USCG) recently took place in Havana. The declared objective was to boost operational cooperation in areas such as tackling the illicit trafficking of migrants and illegal drugs as well as maritime search and rescue operations. The meeting follows bilateral migration talks in April this year, the first since 2018, which were followed by a loosening of US restrictions on Cuba [WR-22-20]. The latest talks indicate that, for all of the continued bilateral tensions, the surge in migration of Cubans to the US, which stems from the economic crisis in Cuba [WR-22-33], is forcing closer cooperation.

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