Cuba starts 5th round of talks with EU for normalization of ties

High ranking diplomatic officials of Cuba and the European Union started on September 9 in Havana the fifth round of talks aimed at normalizing their ties and reach a political agreement.

The current talks focus on economic cooperation, commerce and political issues.

A Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement is expected as the framework for bilateral ties to cover a full range of issues, including human rights.

The European Union froze relations with Cuba in 2003 after Cuba cracked down on opposition groups, but opened normalization process early last year.

EU is Havana’s second largest trading partner after Venezuela with over 3.6 billion dollars in bilateral trade volumes in 2013 and its countries are major investors in Cuba’s development, particularly in the tourism industry.

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