Mexico, Cuba

MIAMI, United States. – The Mexican government will open a career consulate in Cuba, announced this Sunday the general director for South America of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Martín Borrego Llorente, who traveled to Cuba as part of the accompanying delegation of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO).

“The meetings between the presidents of Mexico and Cuba with their respective delegations successfully concluded with a renewed bilateral agenda, based on multiple coincidences,” said the official before pointing out the series of agreements reached between the two governments.

In addition to the opening of the career consulate, Borrego Llorente mentioned other agreements such as the signing of a framework declaration between the governments of Mexico and Cuba, the signing of a health cooperation agreement and the start of the “Rural Development and Strengthening of local, economic, social and environmental capacities” program.

He also referred to the implementation of a strategic collaboration plan between the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) of Mexico and the Center for the State Control of Medicines, Equipment and Medical Devices (CECMED) of Cuba.

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Visa for Mexico in Havana

In recent years, the Mexican Embassy in Havana has become one of the foreign diplomatic headquarters where Cubans go the most to obtain a visa, whether for tourism, study or family reunification.

In fact, in March of this year, la Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) of Mexico started an investigation on possible cases of corruption related to the sale of appointments at the Mexican Embassy in Cuba.

The SRE said it was aware of the complaints about the availability and alleged sale of appointments to carry out consular procedures at the diplomatic headquarters.

Through a release It specified that it had undertaken “a series of actions to rule out the existence of any irregularity to the detriment of users and improve the availability of its services in the representation of Mexico in Cuba.”

The SRE recalled that appointments are free, personal and non-transferable and urged users not to share their personal data with third parties “that deceptively offer to schedule appointments in their name, since said accounts could be canceled without prior notice.”

The past 1st. March, announcing the activation of a new website for requesting appointments, the consular headquarters warned Cubans not to be fooled by fraudulent people or organizations that could offer help with consular procedures.

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