Cuba, U.S. discuss new cooperation possibilities

Added On October 1, 2016

 HAVANA, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Cuba is negotiating with the United States on six new cooperation agreements including law enforcement and responses to oil spills, while calling for the end of the latter's subversive activities, a Cuban diplomat said Friday.


The new deals cover areas such as law enforcement, seismic monitoring and exchange of meteorological information, Josefina Vidal, director for U.S. affairs at the Cuban Foreign Ministry, said via the social network Twitter.

She added these commitments also include search and rescue operations at the sea, responses to oil spills and other marine issues.

There will be seven high-level visits in October and November between the two countries, said the official who led the delegation from Havana to the fourth meeting of the Bilateral Commission held Friday in Washington.

During the reunion of the Bilateral Commission, the Caribbean island reiterated its demand on the devolution of the territory occupied by the U.S. Guantanamo Naval Base and the lifting of the half-century embargo U.S.-posed on Cuba.

The Cuban representation also called for the end of "subversive" programs sponsored by Washington, after the two countries resumed diplomatic relations in July last year.

Since the beginning of the bilateral commission meetings in September 2015, Havana and Washington have reached a dozen agreements on health, drug-trafficking and the resumption of direct regular flights.

However, the talks failed to make much headway on trade due to the unilaterally imposed sanctions by Washington on Havana since February 1962, called a blockade by the Cubans and an embargo by the Americans.

The fifth meeting of the Bilateral Commission is scheduled in December, thus continuing the work mechanism announced by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, and the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, after the resumption of formal ties.