Release of Political Prisoners

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by SPOKESPERSON NAUERT June 26, 2018  Release of Political Prisoners The United States reiterates its deep concern for political prisoners in Cuba.  The cases of Dr. Ariel Ruiz Urquiola and Dr. Eduardo Cardet, both of whom a prominent human rights organization has declared ...
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United States and Cuba Hold Seventh Bilateral Commission Meeting

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE June 14, 2017 United States and Cuba Hold Seventh Bilateral Commission Meeting The United States and Cuba held the seventh Bilateral Commission meeting in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 14. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs John Creamer led ...
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Presidential Message on Cuban Independence Day

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 20, 2018 Presidential Message on Cuban Independence Day The twentieth of May marks the celebration of Cuban independence won by patriots who wished for individual freedom and the right of self-determination, both of which have been tragically snuffed out by a tired Communist ...
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Acting Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting with Cuban Independent Civil Society

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Readout April 12, 2018 Acting Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting with Cuban Independent Civil Society The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan and USAID Administrator Green met today with Cuban independent civil society members on the margins of ...
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Update to Immigrant Visa Processing for Cuban Nationals

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  MEDIA NOTE March 29, 2018 Update to Immigrant Visa Processing for Cuban Nationals Since January, immigrant visa interview appointments for Cuban nationals have been scheduled at U.S. Embassy Bogota.  This was due to a drawdown in staffing in Cuba to protect the safety of ...
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End of Ordered Departure at U.S. Embassy Havana

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE March 2, 2018 End of Ordered Departure at U.S. Embassy Havana The U.S. Embassy in Havana has operated under ordered departure status since September 29, 2017, due to health attacks affecting U.S. Embassy Havana employees.  It will reach the maximum allowable days ...
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United States and Cuba Meet to Combat Trafficking in Persons

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release                                                                                MEDIA NOTE  February 14, 2018 United States and Cuba Meet to Combat Trafficking in Persons The United States and Cuba held a series of meetings this week in Washington, D.C., to coordinate their efforts to combat trafficking in persons. On February 13, the ...
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United States and Cuba Hold Biannual Migration Talks in Washington, DC

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 11, 2017 The United States and Cuba held the 31st biannual Migration Talks in Washington, DC on Monday, December 11. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs John Creamer and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Ed Ramotowski led the U.S. delegation. ...
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Treasury, Commerce, and State Implement Changes to the Cuba Sanctions Rules

U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Public Affairs Press Release: November 8, 2017 Contact: Treasury Public Affairs, (202) 622-2960 Treasury, Commerce, and State Implement Changes to the Cuba Sanctions Rules Amendments Implement President Trump’s June 2017 National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM) Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba WASHINGTON – Today, the ...
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Actions Taken in Response to Attacks on U.S. Government Personnel in Cuba

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC September 29, 2017 Over the past several months, 21 U.S. Embassy employees have suffered a variety of injuries from attacks of an unknown nature. The affected individuals have exhibited a range of physical symptoms, including ear complaints, hearing loss, dizziness, headache, fatigue, cognitive issues, and difficulty ...
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Statement on Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parrilla

September 26, 2017 Press Corps colleagues, The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs from the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parrilla in Washington, D.C. The conversation was firm and frank and reflected the United States’ profound concern for ...
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Press Releases: United States and Cuba Sign Search and Rescue Agreement

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 18, 2017 Today, the United States and Cuba signed a bilateral agreement to strengthen cooperation in the field of maritime and aeronautical search and rescue. The agreement aims to enhance effectiveness and efficiency in assisting persons in distress and to act in furtherance of obligations under ...
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Remarks from Chargé d’Affaires, Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis Signing of Agreement on Maritime and Aeronautical Search and Rescue

REMARKS FROM CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES, AMBASSADOR JEFFREY DELAURENTIS Signing of AGREEMENT ON MARITIME AND AERONAUTICAL SEARCH AND RESCUE (As prepared) The United States and Cuba have been working together on search and rescue operations for more than 20 years.  Today we make another advance in strengthening this cooperation between the United States and Cuba in our common effort ...
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United States and Cuba to Sign Law Enforcement Memorandum of Understanding

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 16, 2017 On January 16, the United States and Cuba signed a bilateral Law Enforcement Memorandum of Understanding to deepen law enforcement cooperation and information sharing. Under this memorandum, the United States and Cuba will continue the Law Enforcement Dialogue process, which includes technical exchanges on ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes’ Travel to Cuba

The White House Office of the Press Secretary January 16, 2017 On Monday, January 16, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes will travel to Cuba for official meetings, cultural engagements, and to witness the signing of a U.S.-Cuba Law Enforcement Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  The arrangement will establish a framework for strengthening our partnership on ...
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Fact Sheet: Changes to Parole and Expedite Removal Policies Affecting Cuban Nationals

Press Office U.S. Department of Homeland Security January 12, 2017 Fact Sheet: Changes to Parole and Expedite Removal Policies Affecting Cuban Nationals WASHINGTON- Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced several changes to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policies and regulations affecting Cuban nationals.  These changes reflect the reestablishment of full diplomatic relations with ...
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Statement by Secretary Johnson on the Continued Normalization of our Migration Relationship with Cuba

Press Office U.S. Department of Homeland Security Press Release January 12, 2017 Statement by Secretary Johnson on the Continued Normalization of our Migration Relationship with Cuba The United States is revoking the so-called “wet-foot/dry-foot” policy for Cuban migrants that has been in place since the mid-1990s. Effective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to illegally enter ...
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Statement by the President on Cuban Immigration Policy

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary January 12, 2017 Statement by the President on Cuban Immigration Policy Today, the United States is taking important steps forward to normalize relations with Cuba and to bring greater consistency to our immigration policy. The Department of Homeland Security is ending the so-called “wet-foot/dry foot” policy, which ...
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United States and Cuba Sign Bilateral Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Agreement

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 9, 2017 The United States and Cuba signed a bilateral agreement to prepare for and respond to oil spills and hazardous substance pollution in the Gulf of Mexico and the Straits of Florida on January 9, 2017. Under this agreement, the United States and Cuba will ...
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U.S. – Cuba Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Working Group

Today, the United States Departments of State and Energy co-chaired the first U.S.-Cuba Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Working Group in Washington, D.C. Participants discussed regional developments related to clean energy, including renewable energy and energy efficiency, and exchanged ideas and information on how the United States and Cuba can move forward on this shared ...
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Treasury and Commerce Annouce Further Amendments to Cuba Sanctions Regulations

Amendments Expand Venues for Scientific Collaboration, Facilitate Increased Humanitarian Support, and Bolster Trade and Commercial Opportunities WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) are announcing new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and Export Administration ...
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United States and Cuba To Hold Human Smuggling and Migratory Fraud Prevention Technical Exchange in Havana, Cuba

The United States and Cuba will hold the second Human Smuggling and Migratory Fraud Prevention Technical Exchange in Havana, Cuba, on September 7. The U.S. delegation will include working-level representatives from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the
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A Historic Day in Cuba as First Scheduled Flight from U.S. in Over 50 Years Lands

Today, I was honored to be part of a historic occasion — arriving in Cuba on the first scheduled flight from the United States in over 50 years, a JetBlue Airways flight from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara. In addition, I am excited to announce that Department of Transportation (DOT) has finalized its selection of ...
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Counternarcotics Arrangement Signed During Third Counternarcotics Technical Exchange Between the United States and Cuba

The United States and Cuba held their third Counternarcotics Technical Exchange July 21 in Havana. The U.S. delegation included working-level representatives from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Coast Guard (USGC), Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations
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Recognizing One Year of Re-established Diplomatic Relations with Cuba

The historic breakthrough has allowed us to more effectively represent U.S. interests and values in Cuba. After more than five decades of isolation, mistrust, and tension, we are working government-to-government and people-to-people to rebuild our relationship. The United States is committed to continuing to work through the problems of the past, addressing head-on the issues ...
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United States and Cuba Continue Migration Talks

U.S. and Cuban delegations reiterated the importance of the U.S.-Cuba Migration Accords, which provide for the safe, orderly, and legal migration of Cubans to the United States. The discussions included maritime and overland migration trends, cooperation between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Cuban physicians as well as cooperation between the U.S. Coast ...
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United States and Cuba to Hold Third Bilateral Commission Meeting in Havana, Cuba

The United States and Cuba will hold the third Bilateral Commission in Havana, Cuba on Monday, May 16. Following the successful visit of President Obama to Havana in March 2016, Secretary Kerry asked Ambassador Kristie Kenney, the Counselor of the U.S. Department of State, to lead the delegation. The Secretary places a top priority on ...
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Updates to the List of Eligible Imports Produced by Independent Cuban Entrepreneurs

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 22, 2016 Today, the U.S. Department of State updated its “Section 515.582 List,” which sets forth the goods and services produced by independent Cuban entrepreneurs that are authorized to be imported into the United States pursuant to Section 515.582 of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR). ...
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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Historic Agreements for U.S.-Cuba Agriculture Sectors

As part of President Obama's historic trip to Cuba to further normalization of relations, advance commercial and people-to-people ties, and express our support for human rights for all Cubans, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced several measures that will foster further collaboration between the U.S. and Cuban agriculture sectors. The two neighboring countries
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Remarks by President Obama at an Entrepreneurship and Opportunity Event — Havana, Cuba

Now, I’m not here to give a big speech. I’m going to do that tomorrow. What I really want to do is hear from you and have a conversation about what we can achieve together. But I do want to begin by stepping back and talking about the forces and hopes that bring us together ...
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Asked and Answered: Sending Direct Mail to Cuba for the First Time in 50 Years

An American president has not traveled to Cuba in almost 90 years. But on March 20, President Obama will become the first president to set foot on the island country that’s only 90 miles off the coast of Florida. The visit is a historic milestone after more than a year of progress from the day in December ...
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Announcement of Cuba Policy Changes

For five and a half decades since, our policy toward Cuba has remained virtually frozen, and done little to promote a prosperous, democratic and stable Cuba. Not only has this policy failed to advance America's goals, it has actually isolated the United States instead of isolating Cuba. Since 2009, President Obama has taken steps
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United States and Cuba Hold Law Enforcement Dialogue in Washington, DC

Today, the United States and Cuba held an inaugural Law Enforcement Dialogue in Washington, DC. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Alex Lee and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Bruce Swartz led the delegation for the United States, and Mr. Abel Gonzalez Santamaria
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Statement by the President on Cuba Policy Changes

In the most significant changes in our policy in more than fifty years, we will end an outdated approach that, for decades, has failed to advance our interests, and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries. Through these changes, we intend to create more opportunities for the American and Cuban people, ...
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