1. US, Cuban Interior Ministry sign law-enforcement deal

US, Cuban Interior Ministry sign law-enforcement deal

The US State Department signed the memorandum of understanding Monday with the Cuban Interior Ministry.

By: | Havana | Published: January 17, 2017 9:28 AM
US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro. (Reuters) US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro. (Reuters)

The Obama administration and Cuba’s Interior Ministry have agreed to share information on international criminal activity such as terrorism, human trafficking and money laundering despite Republican objections to U.S. law-enforcement cooperation with President Raul Castro’s government.

The US State Department signed the memorandum of understanding Monday with the Cuban Interior Ministry, which is responsible for internal security in Cuba, including crackdowns on political dissidents.

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In the wake of Donald Trump’s presidential election victory, the Cuban government has launched a last-minute rush of deals with the Obama administration and US businesses in an attempt to build as much momentum as possible behind normalisation before Obama leaves office.

Trump has promised to re-evaluate Obama’s agreements with Cuba and cancel those that he doesn’t believe serve U.S. interests.

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