WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States and Cuba held migration talks, despite news that Panama had impounded a North Korean freighter carrying Cuban missile equipment.
The State Department said the discussions in Washington, the first such talks in over two years, were being held as scheduled.
“The U.S. delegation highlighted areas of successful cooperation in migration, including advances in aviation safety and visa processing,” it said.
The talks are technical in nature, and include matters such as how visas for immigrants are processed for people from Cuba, the Americas’ only communist-ruled nation.
The United States grants Cubans immigrant visas.
But it also grants every Cuban who reaches U.S. soil permanent residency and the ability to work, something the United States does not do for nationals of any other country.
Cuba is against this, saying it encourages dangerous illegal migration attempts in the shark-infested Florida Straits.