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Cuba / United States

Cuba / United States

Published on December 17, 2014
Statement by Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

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.

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