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Washington asked Havana to accept deported Cubans in exchange for processing visas

MIAMI, United States.- The Government of the United States revealed this Tuesday that it asked Cuba, during the migratory talks that took place last week, to accept Cubans who deport from US territory in exchange for progress in visa processing.

According to a note from the EFE news agencya high-ranking official of the US Administration assured in a call with journalists that the migration talks in Washington between both parties were “productive”.

“I think it is the beginning of a good dialogue,” he said, adding that the US delegation asked the Cuban delegation to return to the 2017 migration agreement by which Cuba received Cubans deported by the US, studying “case by case ”, and in return Washington would advance in the process of processing visas “outside of Havana”.

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) recently denounced that Cuba has not accepted any deportation of its citizens since last October through commercial or charter flights from US territory.

Meanwhile, Cuba accuses the United States of breaching its commitment to issue in Havana “no less than 20,000 annual visas to Cubans” to emigrate to the North American country, as agreed in 2017. The issue, according to EFE, was raised again raise at last Thursday’s meeting.

The figure of 20,000 annual visas has not been met, according to statements by the Cuban government, since the US reduced the activity of its embassy on the island after the “health incidents” known as the “Havana syndrome” .

The US official also said on Tuesday that her government “has encouraged” Nicaragua, where “a large number” of Cubans pass through on their journey north, to help the US address this phenomenon through “policies of visas”, however, he did not offer more details.

The United States and Cuba resumed the last thursday april 21 in Washington, in the midst of what is already known as a new mass exodus, a bilateral dialogue on migration issues, the first at a high level since the arrival of President Joe Biden to the White House.

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