Cuba and the United States agree to jointly prevent, contain and clean up oil and other toxic spills in the Gulf of Mexico, as they rush to conclude deals before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. Nathan Frandino reports.
The deal signed Monday aims to protect the shared marine environment between the U.S. and Cuba. It's one of a series of deals being signed before January 20th when President Barack Obama leaves office. Cuba has already drilled several offshore wells in the Gulf of Mexico. The wells came up dry, but Cuba says it plans to drill again... ambitions that raised concerns about both countries' readiness to tackle any emergencies. Cuban Deputy Transportation Minister Eduardo Rodriguez Davila says the deal is exactly what they need. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CUBAN DEPUTY TRANSPORTATION MINISTER, EDUARDO RODRIGUEZ DAVILA, SAYING: "The signed agreement will lead to the preparation of the coordination plan for the actions of prevention, preparation and response to events of contamination by spills of hydrocarbons and other damaging and potentially dangerous substances taking place in the geographic zone described." Another agreement concluded that officials hope President-elect Donald Trump won't abandon.