Cuba, EU resume talks on normalising ties

Havana, Sep 10 (IANS) Cuba and the European Union (EU) launched a fifth round of talks in Havana on Wednesday on normalizing ties, paving the way for unrestricted trade and political cooperation.

Prior to the start of the talks, EU delegation leader Christian Leffler, managing director for the Americas at the European External Action Service, expressed optimism about the two sides making progress towards an accord that will help expand cooperation between Europe and Cuba, after years of limited interchange.

Abelardo Moreno, Cuba’s deputy minister of foreign affairs and head of the Cuban delegation, said the negotiating teams will work eagerly to reach an agreement satisfactory to both sides, reports Xinhua.

Sources close to the talks said the two parties are about to wrap up the sections related to trade and cooperation, but have yet to reach a consensus in the political arena.

European countries, which for years adopted the US’ policy of isolating the socialist island, have decided to change with the economic reforms launched by Cuban leader Raul Castro.

Cuba is the only Latin American country with no bilateral agreement with the European bloc, though in recent years it has signed individual accords with over half of EU members.

The European bloc is Cuba’s second-largest trade partner, and is a leading foreign investor in the island, mainly in the tourism sector.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of or any employee thereof. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here