(CNN) — US and US officials began immigration talks in Havana on Tuesday, amid an exodus of Cubans leaving the island.
This is the second round of immigration talks between Cuba and Joe Biden’s government, and the first to take place on the island in years. The officials met in Washington DC in April for the first time since the Trump administration’s decision to suspend migration talks with the communist-ruled island in 2018.
talks, Cuba’s foreign minister said on Twitter on Tuesday, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla“In line with the mutual commitment to promote orderly, legal and safe migration”.
According to US government figures, in 2022, more than 200,000 Cubans entered the US from Mexico and a growing number of Cubans attempted to cross the Florida Straits, often in rickety boats. Food shortages and power outages.
Last week, US officials announced they would resume full immigration visa services in 2023 at the US embassy in Havana, which was suspended in 2017 after US diplomats mysteriously fell ill with what has been dubbed “Havana syndrome”. went.