Cuba and the European Union (EU) debated this Wednesday virtually on the process of ratification and implementation of the Agreement for Political Dialogue and Cooperation (ADPC), an instrument that regulates bilateral ties since 2016, the mutual confrontation with the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact of the embargo, EFE reported.
Representatives from Havana and the community bloc based in Brussels discussed these issues in the second Joint Committee, a prelude to the Third Cuba-European Union Joint Council scheduled for next January 20 virtually, the Cuban Foreign Ministry reported.
The Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez, and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, will preside over the meeting.
In yesterday’s meeting, both parties discussed the possibilities of cooperating bilaterally to face the pandemic generated by the new coronavirus, and referred “positively” to the results achieved in trade and investment.
Cuba and the 27 EU countries relaunched their ties five years ago with the signing of the ADPC, provisionally in force since November 2017, and which represented the end of 20 years of restrictive “common position”. It conditioned relations to advances in human rights and democracy in the Caribbean country.
However, none of the participants in the dialogue offered details about what was discussed in this regard.
The Director General for Bilateral Affairs of the Island’s Foreign Ministry, Emilio Lozada, and the Executive Director for the Americas of the EU’s European External Action Service (EEAS), Brian Glynn, also highlighted the need to continue working to counteract the effects of the Helms Burton Act, established in 1996 and which marks the extraterritoriality of the economic and commercial embargo imposed by the United States on Cuba.
They also talked about the second cycle of political and sectoral dialogues held last year, added the report published on the Cubaminrex website.
After the inclusion of the Cuban state in the list of countries sponsoring terrorism by Washington, an EU spokesperson told Europa Press that such measure “will only aggravate the already difficult situation of Cubans” in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and economic measures for the unification of the currency exchange rate.
The official added that the US Administration’s decision does not respond to any new information and recalled that, although the ELN is designated as a terrorist organization by the EU, the members of the group are in Cuba participating in the negotiation process with the Government. Colombian.
The EU is one of the main commercial partners of Cuba with a total volume of exchange that exceeds 35% of its operations in sectors such as sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, health, social and economic modernization and tourism.
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