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Jamaica, Cuba Seek To Renew Security Agreements

Kingston, Oct 3, (RHC), -- Jamaica is seeking to renew its regional security agreements with Cuba, as both countries collaborate to combat drug trafficking and other transnational crimes affecting the region, local new agency JIS reported.

According to the JIS report, Jamaica's Minister of National Security, Peter Bunting, recently travelled to Cuba for an official three-day visit, where he met with top security officials to review and explore the renewal of the Jamaica/Cuba maritime and police cooperation agreements, which expired on Sept 30.

New agreements are currently being crafted by technical teams from both countries, and will be subsequently signed by Bunting and his Cuban counterpart, it said.

The agreements aim to improve procedures and operative techniques resulting from a formal and structured relationship between the Jamaican and Cuban law enforcement agencies, particularly in combating the illicit drug and arms trades.

The bilateral discussions have been cataloged as "extremely useful and good for both countries" by officials on both sides.

Other areas discussed include medical assistance, language training and exchange knowledge in best practices in maritime and policing domains, and trafficking in persons.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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