PRESS RELEASE 066
State Secretary for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America and the Caribbean Meets with the Deputy Foreign Minister of Cuba
17/07/2018

​The State Secretary for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America and the Caribbean, Juan Pablo de Laiglesia, has held a bilateral meeting with the Deputy Foreign Minister of Cuba, Abelardo Moreno, who is in Brussels leading the Cuban delegation that took part in the EU-CELAC ministerial meeting in said city on 16 July.

The occasion, the first meeting of a member of the new Spanish government with a member of the Cuban government, was an opportunity to review the main issues of bilateral, regional and multilateral interest, and to confirm the will to deepen and widen the valuable and constructive bilateral relationship that unites the two countries, based on the close ties of all kinds between the citizens of Cuba and Spain.

The State Secretary expressed Spain's confidence that the new Cuban government can successfully deal with the important challenges that Cuba is currently facing, and undertake the relevant reforms. He also reiterated Spain's willingness to help Cuba in this endeavour and to accompany it in its transformation process.

Furthermore, he stated the Spanish government's will to continue promoting the relationship between the European Union and Ibero-America and the Caribbean, and satisfaction with the recent conclusion of the EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement which, surpassing the Common Position, offers a new, bilaterally agreed framework for the improved development of the relationship between Cuba and the EU.

 

 

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