US Delegation Seeks Security Collaboration with Cuban Gov’t
US Delegation Travels to Cuba to promote Security Cooperation and Human Rights Issues
On the 20th of January, a US delegation made of government officials from the Department of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard, and the FBI arrived in Cuba for the first visit of the year. The trip was arranged to strengthen security by establishing international coordination between local law enforcement forces and promote the fight against crimes such as drug trafficking and human trafficking. The statement from the State Department did not fail to highlight President Joe Biden’s priorities on human rights issues on the island.
The US and Cuban officials’ rapprochement was criticized by some Republican senators, such as Rick Scott and Marco Rubio. They expressed their concern in a letter, pointing out that dialogue with authoritarian regime could have a negative impact on the wellbeing of citizens.
The visit marks the beginning of a more open relationship between Joe Biden’s government and Cuba and comes after months of balancing between immigration policies.
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