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United States and Cuba to Hold Meeting to Fight Trafficking in Persons

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Human Trafficking Delhi
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Washington DC: The United States and Cuba will hold a meeting to coordinate their efforts to fight trafficking in persons in Washington, D.C., January 12 and 13. The U.S. delegation will be led by Ambassador-at-Large Susan Coppedge of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and Deputy Assistant Secretary John Creamer of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Working-level representatives from the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Health and Human Services will also participate. The Cuban delegation will be led by Director of Bilateral Issues Yuri Ariel Gala Lopez of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Directorate General for the United States and will include officials from various Cuban agencies.

This is the fourth consecutive exchange between the United States and Cuba on efforts to prevent and prosecute trafficking in persons and protect trafficking victims. In addition to sharing information about best practices, both sides will seek to identify areas of possible future cooperation.

India mourns the loss of a great friend

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fidel-castroNew Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his condolences on the sad demise of Cuban Leader Fidel Castro.‬

In a condolence message, the PM said: “I extend my deepest condolences to the Government & people of Cuba on the sad demise of Fidel Castro. May his soul rest in peace.

We stand in support with the Cuban Government and people in this tragic hour.

Fidel Castro was one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century. India mourns the loss of a great friend.”

Top priority is to defeat ISIL and eliminate the threat of terrorism: Barack Obama

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US President ObamaWashington DC: Speaking in Cuba on March 23, President Obama made a statement on horrific bombings at the Brussels airport and Maelbeek metro station in Belgium.

Obama has affirmed that his top priority now is to defeat ISIL and eliminate the threat of terrorism.

Addressing the media in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Obama said:

“I’ve got a lot of things on my plate. But my top priority is to defeat ISIL and to eliminate the scourge of this barbaric terrorism that’s been taking place around the world. And we see high-profile attacks in Europe, but they’re also killing Muslims throughout the Middle East — people who are innocent, people who are guilty only of worshipping Islam in a different way than this organization. They are poisoning the minds of young people everywhere.”

“So there’s no more important item on my agenda than going after them and defeating them. The issue is how do we do it in an intelligent way. And our approach has been continuously to adjust to see what works and what doesn’t. What has been working is the airstrikes that we’re taking on their leadership, on their infrastructure, on their financial systems.”

“One of the great strengths of the United States, and part of the reason why we have not seen more attacks in the United States, is we have an extraordinarily successful, patriotic, integrated Muslim American community. They do not feel ghettoized, they do not feel isolated. Their children are our children’s friends, going to the same schools. They are our colleagues in our workplaces. They are our men and women in uniform fighting for our freedom. And so any approach that would single them out or target them for discrimination is not only wrong and un-American, but it also would be counterproductive, because it would reduce the strength, the antibodies that we have to resist terrorism.”

“Groups like ISIL can’t destroy us, they can’t defeat us. They don’t produce anything. They’re not an existential threat to us. They are vicious killers and murderers who perverted one of the world’s great religions. And their primary power, in addition to killing innocent lives, is to strike fear in our societies, to disrupt our societies, so that the effect cascades from an explosion or an attack by a semi-automatic rifle.

“And even as we are systematic and ruthless and focused in going after them — disrupting their networks, getting their leaders, rolling up their operations — it is very important for us to not respond with fear. As I said, that’s hard to do because we see the impact in such an intimate way of the attacks that they make. But we defeat them in part by saying, you are not strong; you are weak. We send a message to those who might be inspired by them to say, you are not going to change our values of liberty and openness and the respect of all people.”

Obama is the first sitting US President in over 90 years to land in Cuba

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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha greets dignitaries upon arrival in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, March 20, 2016. (Courtesy: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha greet dignitaries upon arrival in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, March 20, 2016.
(Courtesy: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Havana: “We’ve Reached Havana” – this is the message US President Barack Obama sent to the White House email list after landing in Cuba and becoming the first sitting US President to visit the nation in nearly 90 years.

The Us President had a busy forenoon session.

In the morning, the President participated in a wreath laying ceremony and took a tour of the Jose Marti Memorial.

Later in the morning, the President took an official photo with President Raul Castro of Cuba and participated in an official welcoming ceremony at the Palace of the Revolution.

Afterward, the President held restricted and expanded bilateral meetings with President Raul Castro of Cuba.

In the afternoon, Obama and Castro of Cuba will deliver statements to the press.

Afterward, Obama will take part in an event focused on entrepreneurships and opportunity for the Cuban people.

In the evening, the President and the First Lady will attend a state dinner.