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Cuba urges US to comply with migration deals

IANS  |  Havana 

has urged the to comply with the 1994 migration agreements which stipulate 20,000 immigrant visas should be granted annually to Cuban nationals, pressing to restart in

According to a statement by the on Wednesday, the two countries held a meeting in to discuss migration issues as part of their limited diplomatic ties, which deteriorated after US came to power, reports

"The Cuban delegation stated that the decision to suspend at the US embassy in directly affects migratory relations, family ties, damages institutional exchanges and travel between the two countries," the statement said.

Both sides acknowledged the benefits of the joint declaration in January 2017 ending Washington's "wet foot, dry foot" policy on Cuban migrants, which since its adoption in 1995 has engaged in selective migratory treatment, granting residency to Cuban migrants touching US soil but deporting those spotted at sea.

"In this round of talks, both countries reviewed the bilateral agreements in order to guarantee a regular, safe and orderly migration, discourage irregular migration, as well as prevent and confront associated illegal actions," it said.

The Cuban delegation stated it complies with its obligations regarding the bilateral accords and reiterated the island's will to continue holding talks and deepen cooperation on migration-related issues, the statement said.

In 2015, and the US established diplomatic relations after decades of enmity.

One year later, former US visited the island country.

However, when Trump took office in 2017, he rolled back the rapprochement and reduced the US-diplomatic engagement to the minimum level.



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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 09:18 IST