On November 9th, Cuba and the United States agreed to jointly prevent, contain and clean up oil and other toxic spills in the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Straits.
The oil spill pact was signed by Cuban Deputy Transportation Minister Eduardo Rodriguez Davila and U.S. Charge d’Affaires Jeffrey De Laurentis.
“This bilateral agreement is an acknowledgement of the importance of protecting our marine ecosystems and coastal communities from pollution caused by oil spills and other hazardous substances,” said De Laurentis.
The agreement calls on both countries to establish a bilateral operations plan in the event of a spill or other pollution in waters they share.
In recent weeks Cuba and the United States have signed several bilateral agreements designed to consolidate a process of rapprochement begun in 2014 by Cuban President Raul Castro and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama./.
Compiled by BTA