Cuban foreign minister highlights new stage with the EU

havana-live-Rodriguez is welcomed by Mogherini in BrusselsHAVANA, Cuba, Apr 23 (acn) A round of political talks between Cuba and the European Union (EU) – that will mark the beginning of other meetings that could conclude by the end of the year- will start in June, with the purpose of strengthening relations between the two parties.

This was announced by the head of European diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, at a press conference after the meeting she held in Brussels with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez as part of the process to reach an agreement of political dialogue and cooperation with the regional bloc, the Granma newspaper reported.

Mogherini also announced that it was agreed “to establish a structured dialogue on human rights,” the first session of which could also take place in June in Brussels.
She also argued that “these days are interesting for Latin America and Cuba, so it is important to strengthen ties of friendship and try to overcome the challenges we face.”
For his part, the Cuban Foreign Minister pointed out that “the announcements just confirm progress achieved” in relations with the European Union.
He thanked the countries of the bloc for their support of the UN Resolution on the blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for over half a century now, and called for renewed support for the one to be presented this fall at the General Assembly.

The Foreign Minister said he has carried out “excellent bilateral visits” to France and Belgium on Tuesday and hopes to continue in that line in the ones scheduled for Luxembourg and the Netherlands before returning to Havana.