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Friday, 18 March 2016

European Union, Cuba reach “landmark” agreement

Federica Mogherini, Vice President of the European Commission and the EU's High Representative for External Affairs and Security Policy, recently brought a delegation from the European Union (EU) to Cuba. She announced March 11 in Havana that the EU and Cuba would soon be signing a "Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement." Officials on both sides initialed the agreement to a bilateral negotiating process, which will be finalized after both sides complete internal review processes. Mogherini met with Cuban President Raul Castro for three hours and joined Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez at a press conference. She described the agreement as a "landmark demonstration of the improved mutual trust and understanding between us. It creates a clear framework for intensified political dialogue, and a platform for developing joint action and cooperation on global matters." There will be "new opportunities for bilateral cooperation, both technical and financial, and policy dialogues in many sectors." Foreign Minister Rodriguez described the agreement to reporters as an "unprecedented step," adding that "differences in some areas still exist, but we can manage them in an appropriate way." According to a joint statement, the "parties attest the conclusion of the negotiations ... which will enable [them] to consolidate relations between Cuba and the European Union in the medium and long-term, a relation based on reciprocity, respect and mutual benefit"

Source: People's World