Cuba denounces US responsibility in irregular migration

The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs today denounced the responsibility of the United States in the irregular movement of nationals through Nicaragua and other countries.

According to the general director of Consular Affairs and Cuban Residents Abroad at the Foreign Ministry, Ernesto Soberón, at a press conference, the strengthening of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington influences the migratory phenomenon.

Similarly, the indefinite closure of consular services in Havana and the obligation to go to third countries to request a visa for the northern country stimulate unconventional exits, he remarked.

The official expressed that the migratory flows towards Nicaragua are not an isolated case for the Caribbean nation, since other territories also exempt the visa requirement for Cuban travelers.

In some cases, this decision responds to agreements signed with a concept of reciprocity and in others it is a decision of the recipient government, he added.

Soberón stressed that Cuba seeks to guarantee regulated, orderly and safe traveler movements, for which bilateral cooperation mechanisms must be created.

Similarly, strategies are urgently needed to combat phenomena associated with displacement, such as human trafficking and irregular traffic, he pointed out.

The Antillean Government maintains systematic contact on migratory and consular matters with Nicaragua, as well as with other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Regarding the measures adopted in favor of Cubans who were stranded in other countries due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Soberón explained that these will not be modified until further notice.

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