The State Department confirmed that a delegation of President Biden will meet with representatives of the Cuban government on Wednesday and Thursday.
It will be the third bilateral meeting held in less than a year between the two countries, and one of the topics to be discussed will be the national security conversation.
“To enhance and establish channels of multi-agency cooperation on the issue,” said State Department spokesman Vedant Patel.
The dialogue will take place in Havana, and is part of a series of agreements by the Obama administration.
One of the U.S. goals would be to agree on how to contain the mass exodus from Cuba. According to Andy Gomez of the University of Miami’s Cuba Studies Center.
“Find a way for people to stay in Cuba. Now, whether this can lead to a time when we can talk about other issues, I would tell them that this is up to Cuba,” Gomez says.
“They are skirting the central issue: the violation of human rights in Cuba,” says Orlando Gutierrez-Boronat of the Cuban Democratic Directorate.
Although the U.S. State Department has stated that the negotiations are not intended to take human rights violations by the Cuban regime out of sight.