OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE
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The Cuban Foreign Ministry’s Director for Europe and Canada, Elio Rodríguez Perdomo, described the European Parliament’s endorsement on July 5, of a Legislative Resolution approving the provisional implementation of the EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement, as a positive step.
The accord was signed by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, and Federica Mogherini, EU high representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, on December 16, 2016, in Brussels.
Speaking exclusively to Cubaminrex, Prensa Latina and the German agency DPA, in Havana’s International Press Center, this July 6, the Cuban official noted that the European Commission officially notified Cuba of the completion of its internal process for the provisional implementation of the accord, on June 22. “Now the European Parliament is also giving its consent,” he noted.
Rodríguez highlighted the role of Federica Mogherini, EU high representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in promoting the development of relations between Cuba and the EU, and who confirmed that despite recent changes to the United States’ Cuba policy, the bloc has no intention of modifying its own toward the island, and will continue cooperating with the country.
Also Vice president of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini has noted that the EU supports constructive, respectful dialogue with Cuba on the basis of equality, while also stating that the bloc will continue to oppose the U.S. blockade and its extraterritorial impact.
Regarding the future provisional implementation of the EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement, the island will now set about completing the corresponding internal procedures, and will respond to the recent notification from the EU in a timely manner, stated Rodríguez.
He went on to reiterate the Cuban government’s willingness to continue expanding relations with the bloc and its member states in sectors of common interest, and always on the basis of respect, reciprocity, and mutual benefit, considering the historic ties which unite both peoples.
Lastly, Rodríguez added that forces opposed to rapprochement between Cuba, the EU, and European parliament, issued an unnecessary and interventionist Non-Legislative Resolution on Cuba, which goes against the principles of respect, equality, and reciprocity contained in the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement.
The National Assembly of People’s Power of Cuba vehemently rejected this resolution in a statement by its International Relations Committee published on the organization’s website, this July 6.