Cuba, EU Confident of Advancing to Conclude Framework Agreement

Havana, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and the European Union are confident of making substantial progress in their negotiations to conclude an agreement of political dialog and bilateral cooperation.

In the start of the two-day 7th Round of Negotiations of such an agreement at the Cuban Foreign Ministry headquarters, the Deputy Secretary General for Economic and Global Issues at the European External Action Service, Christian Leffler, said that “we are in a good condition to advance very substantially in the negotiation of the future framework agreement between the EU and Cuba.”

The leader of the EU delegation to this round said that after the meeting in Brussels in December, 2015, the parties have exchanged views, proposals and texts to prepare this round.

That’s why, he stated, “we are confident of this willingness to advance toward the conclusion of an agreement that will serve as a framework and platform to strengthen bilateral relations.”

Meanwhile, Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister, Abelardo Moreno, said “we are very hopeful about this round and we think we can make substantial progress.”

Especially prior to the visit of the high representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, scheduled for March 10-11, another trascendental visit in the current situation, noted Moreno.

“We are very glad to advance towards an agreement, and obviously it will be an adequate complement to strengthen bilateral relations,” he added.

The parties will offer separate press conferences at the end of these talks.

These negotiations between Cuba and the EU started in April, 2014, and have been developed in an atmosphere of equality and respect. They were agreed on in 2008, when political dialog and cooperation were resumed between the parties.

According to the Cuban Foreign Ministry, the constructive spirit that characterized the previous rounds, which were held in Havana (first, third and fifth) and Brussels (second,fourth and sixth) has led to hold this new round in an advanced phase of the negotiations.

The source adds that this process opened a new stage in Cuba’s relations with the EU bloc, which have evolved positively since then, also expressed in a significant increase of bilateral links of Havana with most EU member states.

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