Cuba – EU Relations Seeking Deal by End of 2015

EU-Cuba-RelationsFederica Mogherini EU Foreign Policy Chief. Photo courtesy of The Independent.ie

The EU and Cuba have met and are seeking a deal to normalize relations.  This news article first appeared in The Independent.  An agreement was also achieved to give 50 million euros the agriculture sector in Cuba.

“Federica Mogherini has met Cuban president Raul Castro to speed up talks aimed at normalising ties with the island’s communist government.

The visit to Havana by Ms Mogherini comes as Cuban officials negotiate the terms of a historic diplomatic opening with the United States.

“We are in the process of accelerating the pace of negotiations and finalising an agreement perhaps by the end of the year,” Ms Mogherini said at the end of the visit.

She said she welcomed the talks between Cuba and Washington but insisted that the negotiations between the EU and Havana were “completely separate”.

The EU froze relations with Cuba in 2003 following Havana’s arrest of dissidents. The process to restore ties began in 2014.

Ms Mogherini also signed an agreement to give 50 million euros (£36.7m) to Cuba’s agriculture sector.”

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