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Cuba: US and Cuba sign deal to protect against oil spills before Trump takes office01:47

Cuba: US and Cuba sign deal to protect against oil spills before Trump takes office

Cuba, Havana
January 9, 2017 at 20:40 GMT -00:00 · Published

Representatives of Cuba and the US signed an agreement to cooperate against future oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico and the Straits of Florida just days before US president-elect Donald Trump takes office, footage from Havana's National Hotel on Monday shows.

Washington's Charge D'affaires, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, and Cuba's Deputy Transportation Minister, Eduardo Rodriguez, signed the document that will demand both countries work together in order to reduce damage to marine and coastal systems and also to protect human life.

The signing is yet another example of the two nations strengthening international ties following the reestablishment of diplomatic relations last year.

Cuba and the United States have accelerated the signing of several bilateral agreements as President-elect Donald Trump's arrival to the White House comes closer.

Trump's aides have reportedly said that the continued strengthening of relations with Havana must be accompanied by domestic political changes in Cuba. Cuban authorities have rejected this.

Cuba: US and Cuba sign deal to protect against oil spills before Trump takes office01:47
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Representatives of Cuba and the US signed an agreement to cooperate against future oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico and the Straits of Florida just days before US president-elect Donald Trump takes office, footage from Havana's National Hotel on Monday shows.

Washington's Charge D'affaires, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, and Cuba's Deputy Transportation Minister, Eduardo Rodriguez, signed the document that will demand both countries work together in order to reduce damage to marine and coastal systems and also to protect human life.

The signing is yet another example of the two nations strengthening international ties following the reestablishment of diplomatic relations last year.

Cuba and the United States have accelerated the signing of several bilateral agreements as President-elect Donald Trump's arrival to the White House comes closer.

Trump's aides have reportedly said that the continued strengthening of relations with Havana must be accompanied by domestic political changes in Cuba. Cuban authorities have rejected this.

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