Cuba / United States
Paris, December 17 2014.
The United States and Cuba have just announced their decision to re-establish their diplomatic relations, more than half a century after the closing of their embassies. I welcome these announcements which, as France has long desired, pave the way for the full normalization of relations, and, I hope, the eventual lifting of the embargo on this country.
Over the last few years, France has been strongly committed to the rapprochement between the EU and Cuba. There has been a very positive momentum in French-Cuban relations since my official visit to Cuba in April 2014. France will continue to stand alongside the Cuban people in the new chapter that is opening in their history.