These meetings had been suspended since 2018, during the Presidency of Donald Trump, when he reversed the historic rapprochement process with the island launched by his predecessor, Barack Obama.
The resumption of the consular services in Havana of the United States embassy is a fact. The agreement was reached after the first high-level meeting between the government of Miguel Díaz-Canel and Joe Biden.
The decision involves the issuance of immigrant visas on a limited basis beginning in May, current services for US citizens, and the current issuance of emergency nonimmigrant visas.
“Allowing safe, legal and orderly migration between Cuba and the United States is in our mutual interest; and is consistent with United States interests in fostering family reunification and promoting greater respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in Cuba,” the State Department said in a statement.
These meetings had been suspended since 2018, during the presidency of Donald Trump, when he reversed the historic rapprochement process with the island launched by his predecessor, Barack Obama. In recent days, the US government has downplayed the symbolic importance of direct contacts between Washington and Havana.
State Department spokesman Ned Price told a news conference that the talks were focused exclusively on migration. He pointed out that there were areas of successful cooperation and obstacles to meeting the objectives were also identified.
The US delegation was led by Emily Mendrala, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs.