Embassy of the United States of America
May 16, 2016
The United States and Cuba held the third Bilateral Commission in Havana today. This meeting allowed the U.S. and Cuban governments to discuss bilateral issues at the forefront of the normalization process. Ambassador Kristie Kenney, the Counselor of the U.S. Department of State, led the delegation, along with Deputy Assistant Secretary John S. Creamer, and Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, Chargé d’Affaires. The discussions were respectful and productive.
Both governments recognized significant steps made toward greater cooperation in environmental protection, civil aviation, direct mail, maritime and port security, health, agriculture, educational and cultural exchanges, and regulatory issues. The parties also discussed dialogues on human rights and claims, and the United States looks forward to holding these meetings in the near future.
Tomorrow, the United States and Cuba will discuss specific steps related to bilateral security during the law enforcement dialogue.