EU signs goodwill treaty with Cuba

Cuba and the European Union signed a historic treaty over the weekend, ending an era of shunning the socialist state.

  • Cuba was previously the only Latin American country to lack an agreement with the EU.
  • Parrilla on deal: It “demonstrates that with good will and respect it is possible to make progress and resolve differences.”
  • Deal now needs ratification from European Parliament, member state national parliaments, and the Cuban National Assembly.
  • EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini: EU-Cuba relations will remain unaffected by the presidency of Donald Trump.
  • Mogherini: “Through the new agreement, the EU is ready to support Cuba’s process of economic and social modernization,”
  • Cuban and EU officials signed a normalization deal in March, but still lack ratification from member states.
  • Latest deal made possible after the EU repealed a 1996 policy which stated Cuba must first improve its human rights conditions before a full normalization of ties could happen.

The deal was signed on Monday by the heads of EU member states, along with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla.

“Economic links with Europe will continue to be a priority for Cuba as we build a socialist economy,” Parrilla said on Monday, as quoted by AFP. He added that the agreement “demonstrates that with good will and respect it is possible to make progress and resolve differences.”

The deal will be submitted for ratification to the European Parliament, member state national parliaments, and the Cuban National Assembly.

Full article: EU signs goodwill treaty with Cuba (TruNews)

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