Cuba and the United States agreed in Havana to cooperate on the confrontation of illegal drug trafficking, in the context of the third technical meeting between Cuban and U.S. entities on the fight against narcotics – an agreement to be applied and fulfilled within a legal framework.

Cuba and the United States agreed in Havana to cooperate on the confrontation of illegal drug trafficking, in the context of the third technical meeting between Cuban and U.S. entities on the fight against narcotics – an agreement to be applied and fulfilled within a legal framework.Considered to be an operational agreement to fight illicit drug trafficking, a statement by the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that both sides agreed on the importance of bilateral talks on the issue.

Josefina Vidal, General Director of the U.S. Department at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that this is the eleventh agreement signed between Washington and Havana in a period of eight months as part of the process to normalize bilateral relations.

CHARTER FLIGHTS SECURITY

The Cuban Civil Aeronautics Institute (IACC) and the U.S. Transport Security Administration (TSA) announced that security officers will be deployed on charter flights between both countries.

Vidal said that both entities had reached an agreement in this regard last July.

In relation to some U.S. Congress questions on potential deficiencies in Cuban aviation and airport security, she stated that such arguments are unfounded, and referred to statements made by Armando Garbalosa, Head of the Aviation Security Department of the IACC.

Garbalosa said that doubts being circulated in the U.S. legislature are aimed at instilling fear to prevent travel by U.S. citizens to Cuba. TSA officials have personally confirmed that their relation with the IACC department is strong and professional.

The Cuban official underlined that between 2000 and the present, TSA officials had visited Cuba on 33 occasions, and that such visits were normalized in 2003.

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