On January 12, 16 and 17, Cuba and the U.S. held bilateral meetings in Washington, D.C. to discuss cybersecurity, criminal matters and terrorism. No mention of these meetings was found in the U.S. State Department website or the U.S. media while the Cuban coverage was very terse.
The Cuba Foreign Ministry’s statement briefly said that the parties agreed “on the importance to advance cooperation in this area and . . . to continue holding these technical meetings in the future” and that the “meeting was held in an ambiance of respect and professionalism.”
The Cuba Foreign Ministry merely said this “meeting was held in an ambiance of respect and professionalism. Both delegations shared the view on the usefulness of the meeting and agreed to maintain these talks in the future.”
The Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. said the meeting’s “purpose was to advance cooperation in this area,” that “both countries agreed on the importance of [such] cooperation” and holding future meetings on the same subject and that “the meeting took place in a climate of respect and professionalism.”
While followers of U.S.-Cuba relations would like to know more about meetings like these, it is good to know that the two countries continue to hold discussions on important issues.
 Cuba Foreign Ministry, Cuban and Us Representatives hold meeting on Cybersecurity and the combat against Cybercrimes (Jan. 12, 2018); Cuba Foreign Ministry, Cuban and the United States hold talks on the cooperation in criminal matters (Jan. 16, 2018); Cuban Embassy, Authorities of Cuba and the USA exchange on confrontation with terrorism (Jan. 17, 2018); Washington and Havana talk about ‘prevention and confrontation’ to terrorism, Diario de Cuba (Jan. 18, 2018).
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Reuters Reports on U.S. Cuba Talks About Law Enforcement
On January 19 Reuters finally reported on U.S.-Cuba talks about law enforcement. It says the talks lasted a week and concluded with discussion of combating illegal drug trafficking.
Reuters, Cuba, U.S. Hold Talks on Law Enforcement Despite Tensions, N.Y. Times (Jan. 19, 2018). https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2018/01/19/world/americas/19reuters-cuba-usa.html
Cuba Foreign Ministry, Cuba and the U.S. exchange on the combat against illegal drug trafficking (Jan. 19, 2018), http://www.minrex.gob.cu/en/cuba-and-us-exchange-combat-against-illicit-drug-trafficking