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Europe normalize relations with Cuba after 20 years

Staff Writer |
Cuba and the Eurpean Union signed in Brussels their first cooperation agreement, which will be from now on the legal basis of the link between the island and the 28 EU countries.

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European diplomat Federica Mogherini and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez signed an agreement ending 20 years of European blockade launched in 1996 at the behest of the Spanish government of then-President Jose Maria Aznar.

Cuba thus ceases to be an anomaly in European relations with the countries of Latin America. The so-called 'Agreement on Political Dialogue and Cooperation,' which will be the legal basis from now on relations between Cuba and the 28 countries of the EU .

Mogherini said that “Cuba is changing profoundly. The European Union is accompanying this process jointly with the Cuban government. With the agreement, we will have the opportunity to bring the relationship between the European Union and Cuba to a new level.”

Rodríguez Parrilla acknowledged that the relationship “went through moments of disagreement” and that the elimination of the 'common position' “reestablishes normalization between the EU and Cuba.”

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