French minister to visit Cuba for first time in 30 years

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

PARIS – French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Wednesday that he will travel to Cuba this year, making it the first such visit in 30 years.

“I will go to Cuba soon," he said in a press conference in Paris. "That is going to be something new." 

The visit aims to strengthen ties between the European Union and Cuba and marks the first time in 30 years that a French Foreign minister will be traveling to the isle. 

The EU agreed on February 10 to initiate negotiations for a bilateral agreement on trade and investment with Cuba.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez later announced in March that Cuba was also willing to discuss human rights.

The European Union suspended relations with Cuba in 2003 after the repression of political opponents by the Cuban government. The dialogue was re-established in 2008.

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