Havana. Johanna Tablada, deputy director general for the United States at Cuba’s foreign ministry, said progress could now be seen after five years of continued non-compliance by Washington with migration agreements with Cuba.
In statements to the Radio Reloj station, based on frivolous and false accusations about alleged attacks on diplomats, the diplomat referred to the unjustified closure of the US consulate in Havana, which its Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) also deemed untenable .
He said that from 2018, after the first round of talks on immigration issue in Washington, the United States started granting visas to meet the commitment of not less than 20,000 per year.
He said it would then be announced that the consular care operation for Cubans, which has been moved to Guyana, would return to Havana in early 2023.
As pointed out by Tablada, Washington met its annual quota of visas, but did not submit them in years in which it did not grant them.
They explained that they are only granting visas for family reunification, not including visas for non-immigrants, ie those through which more than 200,000 Cubans traveled and returned without leaving the country permanently.
The Deputy Director General of the United States considered it contradictory that he would focus on collapsing Cuba’s economy and making life more difficult for its population, while advocating greater socioeconomic investment in the northern country, an area with high migrant flows. emphasizes.
In addition, he recalled the incentives the United States maintains for irregular migration of Cubans, and how it had failed to comply with part of the agreement not to accept people coming through this route to its southern border. lives.