Washington, DC - The United States and Cuba will hold the fifth Bilateral Commission meeting in Havana, Cuba on Wednesday, December 7. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Mari Carmen Aponte will lead the U.S. delegation. Embassy Havana Chargé d’Affaires Jeffrey DeLaurentis and Deputy Assistant Secretary John Creamer will also attend for the United States. The Cuban delegation will be led by Josefina Vidal, the Foreign Ministry’s Director General for U.S. Affairs.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to review progress and engagement on a number of priorities since the last Bilateral Commission meeting in September 2016, including human rights, civil aviation, health, law enforcement, economic issues, claims, environmental protection, agriculture, migration, educational and cultural exchanges, and trafficking in persons.