BRUSSELS.—Yesterday, December 12, Cuban and the European Union (EU) representatives signed a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement, providing a framework for the development of a relationship based equality, reciprocity, and mutual respect, Prensa Latina reported.
The document was signed by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, and EU Foreign Policy High Representative Federica Mogherini, representing the regional bloc's member countries. In statements made during the signing ceremony, Rodríguez and Mogherini noted the significance of the agreement which should contribute to the positive development of bilateral relations in the future.
The two diplomats held a meeting at the European Council's headquarters in Brussels prior to the signing.
The Cuban Foreign Minister commented that economic ties with Europe will continue to be a priority for the island country focused on the construction of a sustainable and efficient economy.
Mogherini also highlighted Fidel Castro as an historic figure and conveyed condolences to the government and people of Cuba, on the occasion of the revolutionary leader's death.
Cuba's Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno explained recently that the signing of this new agreement comes in the wake of the revocation of the so-called Common Position adopted by the EU in 1996, which was rejected by Cuba given its unilateral, interventionist, discriminatory nature.