NASSAU, Bahamas, Aug 26, CMC – The Bahamas government says it will hold talks with Cuba on the illegal migration of nationals from that country.
“A negotiating team will leave The Bahamas as early as the coming weekend to meet with the Cuban authorities in Havana with a view to settling the modalities of how there can be a quicker turnaround of migrants to Cuba,” said Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell.
“We expect that a new agreement will be in place shortly,” he said.
Mitchell said he would also meet the Cuban Foreign Minister in Grenada in early September to discuss the matters directly.
“We began discussions with the Acting Foreign Minister when the National Security Minister and I met in Havana earlier in the month. We have had helpful discussions within the past week with the Government of Panama.
“Our mandate is to ensure that the Detention Centre is empty of inhabitants, migrants, detainees as much as humanly possible.”
Mitchell, who spoke to reporters ahead of his visit to the United States on Monday where he will hold talks with the US State Department and as well as hold meetings with the staff at the Bahamas Embassy.