On January 18, 18-19, U.S. officials and Cuba met in Havana to discuss topics of mutual interest in law enforcement issues under the U.S.-Cuba Law Enforcement Dialogue.
This type of communication strengthens the national security of the United States through better coordination of international law, which helps the United States to protect U.S. citizens. better and bring foreign criminals to justice. These negotiations strengthen the United States’ ability to fight organized crime by increasing cooperation on a wide range of law enforcement issues, including human trafficking, drug and other criminal cases. Better law enforcement cooperation is in the best interest of the United States and the Cuban people. This discussion does not affect the administration’s ongoing work on important human rights issues in Cuba, which is at the heart of our commitment.
The Departments of State, Homeland Security, and Justice chaired the negotiations for the United States. U.S. Ambassadors they included representatives of the State Department’s Western Affairs Office and the Office of Legal Counsel; the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Policy, Strategy, and Planning, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Coast Guard; and the Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Officials from the U.S. Embassy Havana also contributed.
These talks were the first Law Enforcement Dialogue between the United States and Cuba since 2018. The United States and Cuba have held four Law Enforcement Dialogues from 2015 to 2018. Participating in these dialogues highlights our commitment to pursue constructive dialogue with the Government of Cuba where appropriate. to advance U.S. interests.