Cuba and the US to Start Migratory Talks

Delegations from the island of Cuba and the US will start migratory conversations on November 30 in Washington, to revise the state of the agreements in the field between these two countries.

In the dialogue, the teams presided by Josefina Vidal, Cuban Foreign Ministry General Director for Affairs with the US, and Edward Alex Lee, US Department of State Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs will exchange and discuss on the cooperation to face illegal migration.

According to a note from the Foreign Ministry, the Cuban side will reiterate its concern about the validity of the policy of “wet -dry foot”, which encourages illegal emigration and violates the spirit and letter of the agreements in force.

The Cuban side will express also their rejection of the “Parole Program for Cuban Medical Professionals” which deprives Cuba of vital resources and affects cooperation with other countries, as well as the Cuban Adjustment Act.

Cuba will insist on its concern about the increase, under such a stimulus, of illegal, unsafe and disorderly emigration of those who legally enter and leave Cuba just as the first country of destination, from where they continue irregularly into the United States.

In this way these people become victims of people trafficking networks and organized crime, as with the Cubans who are under a difficult situation in Costa Rica and other countries in the region, according to the text.

The December 1, 2015 will be held in the US capital The second technical meeting of the dialogue on fighting drug trafficking will be held on December 1, 2015 in the US capital, in which representatives of specialized agencies of the two countries will discussthe possibility of expanding cooperation in this area.

European Union, Cuba to Hold Sixth Round of Negotiations

European Union (EU) and Cuba representatives will meet in Brussels on December 1-2 to hold their 6th round of negotiations on political dialogue and cooperation agreement, Cuban Foreign Ministry said today.

According to an official statement, EU and Cuban delegations will be presided by Christian Leffler Deputy Secretary-General for Economic and Global Issues at European External Action Service and Abelardo Moreno Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister, respectively.

These negotiations began in April 2014 as a result of a EU Foreign Affairs Council decision made on February 10 of the same year to invite Cuba to begin these talks, which was accepted on March 6.

During this process, that opened a new and constructive chapter in the relationships between the two parts, Cuba has reaffirmed its willingness to move forward in the negotiation with the EU on the basis of equality and respect agreed in 2008 when political dialogue and cooperation were re-established, the statement said.

It also added that the previous rounds took place alternately in Havana (first, third and fifth round) and Brussels, Belgium (second and fourth round) in a constructive spirit.

Cuban President Raúl Castro Meets with Foreign Ministers of Brazil and Uruguay

Cuban President Raúl Castro held talks in Havana with Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira, who is paying an official visit to our country.

During the talks, President Raúl Castro and Minister Vieira reviewed what they both described as “excellent” relations between Brasilia and Havana and expressed their governments’ willingness to further expand and strengthen bilateral ties. They also discussed several regional and international issues of common interest.

Also on Wednesday, President Raúl met with Foreign Minister of Uruguay Rodolfo Nin, who is here in Havana on an official visit. President Raúl Castro and Minister Nin termed as favorable the state of bilateral links and expressed both their governments’ determination to work towards implementing a bi-national program to boost ties.

CUBA: Learn more about your holiday destinations


Cienfuegos is a charming waterfront city situated on the bay of the same name. Its picturesque nautical setting has earned it the title, “the Pearl of the South,” a description that has endured for centuries.

Diving enthusiasts rave about the reefs along the coastline, where a formation of coral columns known as Notre Dame provides an undersea maze to explore. The region’s calm waters are also ideal for sailing, boating and kayaking.

The unique culture in Cienfuegos is attributed its ancestry as a French enclave. City highlights include an architecturally noteworthy group of buildings that were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. Be sure to stop by the stunning Cultural Centre, a palatial home that now hosts after-school activities like dance and music for local students.

Castillo de Jagua, an imposing fortress built to protect Cienfuegos from menacing pirates, is widely recognized as one of Cuba’s most important military structures.

Legend has it the castle is haunted by ‘the Lady in Blue,’ a ghost in a blue brocade gown.

Brazil Expresses Will to Deepen Links with Cuba

Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira, described here today the excellent state of relations between his country and Cuba and expressed the willingness to deepen and strengthen them.

During a meeting with his Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodriguez, at the host building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vieira expressed satisfaction with his sixth visit to Cuba, first as minister, “a sister nation with which Brazil has a lot in common.”

The visitor thanked the contribution Cuba’s program of more doctors, promoted by the government of Dilma Rousseff, in which around 12,000 doctors from the island participate.

Rodriguez stressed the great potential for the development of bilateral cooperation in areas such as economic, commercial, scientific, cultural and sports, and the possibility of deepening the cooperation in the field of health.

Internationally, Brazil and Cuba are broadly consistent in their positions and maintain a high degree of coordination in multilateral forums, while working in confronting threats to peace and other issues, he said.

The Cuban Foreign Minister thanked his counterpart historic solidarity and support of the Brazilian people in this Caribbean nation, and especially the continued support in the battle against the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States.

Raúl Castro receives President of the International Red Cross

President Raul Castro Ruz yesterday received Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The two sides discussed the positive relationship shared by Cuba and the Red Cross as well as other issues of humanitarian concern.

They participated in the meeting Juan Pedro Schaerer, head of the ICRC regional delegation for Mexico, Central America, Central and Cuba, the minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, Corps General Leopoldo Cintra Frias Army and interim Foreign Minister Marcelino Medina González.

Gov. Gregg Abbott heading to Cuba

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)

Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday announced that he will lead a delegation to Havana, Cuba next week to talk travel, trade and exports.

“Opening the door to business with Texas will expand free enterprise and the freedom that flows from it. I look forward to expanding business opportunities for both Texas and Cuba,” Abbott said in a statement.

The visit is Abbott’s second international trip as governor, and it comes after President Obama this summer announced that the U.S. was re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who is charging hard for the Republican presidential nomination, has called Obama’s decision a tragic mistake. Cruz’s father fled Cuba’s dictatorial regime in the 1950s.

But other Texans have welcomed the thawing relations, including a delegation of business leaders who visited Cuba in April to discuss trade.

Texans have courted Cuba for years. In the spring of 2008, then-Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples led a delegation of 24 Texans to Havana for a four-day agricultural trade mission. At the time,Texas was selling about $25 million a year in agricultural goods to Cuba under a waiver to the U.S. trade embargo allowing the sale of food and medicine.

Abbott plans to meet with officials from Cuban trade and business officials and visit the country’s economic institutions.