United States and Cuba to Hold Second Law Enforcement Dialogue in Havana, Cuba

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 13, 2016

The United States and Cuba will hold the second Law Enforcement Dialogue in Havana, Cuba on Tuesday, May 17. Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will travel to Cuba to meet with the U.S. and Cuban delegations in advance of the dialogue, and to conduct bilateral meetings with his counterparts on Monday, May 16. Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs John S. Creamer, Department of Justice Deputy Assistant Attorney General Bruce Swartz, and Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Alan Bersin will lead the U.S. delegation.

Deputy Secretary Mayorkas and his counterparts from Cuba’s Ministry of Interior, First Vice Minister Gandarilla Bermejo, and Ministry of Customs, First Vice Chief Cordoves Reyes negotiated an historic national security Memorandum of Understanding that was initially discussed during Deputy Secretary Mayorkas' first trip to Cuba in October 2015. That arrangement has been signed by both parties and the delegations will include the implementation of this MOU in their discussions next week.

Law enforcement is an area of mutual interest to both the United States and Cuba as we advance toward normalized relations. We anticipate that the dialogue will be productive, and an additional opportunity to reinforce the benefits of law enforcement cooperation. During the dialogue, the United States and Cuba will continue to discuss a wide range of areas of cooperation, including counterterrorism, counternarcotics, transnational crime, cybercrime, secure travel and trade, and fugitives.

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