EU’s Mogherini plans Cuba visit as accord nears

The European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is set to visit Cuba next week for talks that could finalize an agreement on normalizing relations, Cuba said on Thursday.

“Obviously it will be another very important visit, very important in the current situation,” Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno told reporters in Havana.

The European Union suspended relations with Havana in 2003 over a crackdown on journalists and activists, but both sides are now pushing a new accord in the wake of a historic rapprochement between Washington and Havana.

The seventh round of talks are expected to hammer out final points on the agreement, including effort to reach a consensus on human rights, according to European diplomatic sources.

Cuba is the only Latin American country without a framework cooperation agreement with the EU.



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