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Representatives from Cuba and the United States held their fourth bilateral meeting on trafficking in persons in Washington, the Cuban Foreign Ministry reported today, January 16.

During the meetings January 12-13, the Cuban delegation explained steps taken in the nation to prevent and combat this problem, as well as support and assistance provided victims.

According to a note from the Ministry of Foreign Relations, these procedures reflect the country's "zero tolerance" policy regarding any type of trafficking in persons.

These measures apply as well to other crimes such as sexual exploitation and forced labor, supporting the exemplary work done in our country with regards to this issue, the note stated, while emphasizing the professional and cordial atmosphere in which the dialogue took place.

The meeting was presided by Yuri Gala, director of bilateral issues for the Cuban Foreign Ministry's United States Department, and Ambassador Susan Coppedge, in charge of the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

Also participating on the Cuban side were officials from the Supreme People's Court and the Attorney General's Office, as well as the ministers of Foreign Relations, the Interior, Public Health, Labor and Social Security, Education, and Tourism.

The U.S. delegation included representatives from the departments of State, Justice, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.