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Panama and Cuba to hold migration talks (+ Photo)

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Panama and Cuba to hold migration talks (+ Photo)

Panama City, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Panama on Thursday agreed to hold the 7th Round on Migration Talks in 2023, in Havana, with respect to norms, agreements and policies in force on this matter.

Upon concluding its 6th edition and signing the summary record of proceedings, Panamanian Deputy Foreign Minister Marta Elida Gordón and his Cuban counterpart Elio Rodríguez heaped praise on the mutual willingness to cooperate.

In a brotherly scenario, both sides agreed to work on legal document updating and implementing a new mechanism for the exchange of migratory alerts and information.

During the meeting, Panamanian and Cuban authorities also reaffirmed bilateral commitment to collaborate and implement joint actions for regular, orderly and safe migration, as well as crack down on human trafficking and illegal migrant smuggling.

The Cuban delegation was made up by the Director of MINREX´s Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean Department Gustavo Véliz; Cuban Ambassador to Panama Lydia González; Director of MINREX´s Migration Policy and Attention to Cubans Resident Abroad Department Yanet Estable; a representative and official from the Directorate of Identification, Immigration and Aliens Tatiana Pupo; Cuban Consul in Panama Anidelys Rojas; as well as the Cuban embassy official Fidel Fernández.

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On the Panamanian side, in addition to Ms. Gordon, the meeting was attended by the General-Director of Foreign Policy Isbeth Quiel; Director of the National Migration Service Samira Gozaine; Director-General of Legal Affairs and Treaties Otto Escartin, Head of the Western Region Department Naddia Ávila; and Francisco Olivar, in charge of the Consular Department.

In these talks, as in previous meetings, Mr. Rodríguez thanked Panama for its stance at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) by adding its support vote to a resolution condemning the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for more than 60 years.

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