The heads of the EU member states signed on Monday a historic deal with Cuba on political dialogue and cooperation.
Brussels and Havana finished the negotiations on the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement on March 11. The agreement included a number of issues, aimed at improving political and economic cooperation.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla were the first ones to sign the document, according to the broadcast of the ceremony.
Relations between Cuba and the 28-nation bloc were suspended in 2003 when Brussels introduced sanctions against Havana after over 70 opposition figures were arrested in the Caribbean nation. In April 2014, Havana and Brussels started talks on the normalization of their ties. The renewed political thaw between the two sides took place amid the efforts of US President Barack Obama to reset relations with Cuba.
U.S. Abstains in U.N. Vote Condemning Cuba Embargo
UNITED NATIONS — Making a bit of history, the United States on Wednesday abstained for the first time in an annual General Assembly condemnation of the half-century-old American trade embargo against Cuba.
US airlines to start Cuba flights next month
Three US airlines that fly from Bermuda are to start scheduled services to Havana. Travellers from Bermuda can make connections in a number of US cities to reach the Cuban capital.
US lifts import limits on Cuban cigars, alcohol
For decades, Cuban cigars have been famous in the US for their intense, earthy flavor and near-unattainability.
MEO Australia discovered a new oil deposit in Cuba
At the beginning of August 2016 MEO Australia announced the discovery of oil deposits in the north of Cuba, of the volume of 8.2 billion barrels located at a depth of 2000-3500 meters. Production of oil could begin in late 2017 – early 2018.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts is opening the Four Points Havana
It’s the company’s first hotel in Cuba located in Miramar business district. Starwood is the first US-based hospitality company to enter the market in nearly 60 years.
Russian Language Center May Open in Havana This Year
Russian language center may open in Cuba this year, and the curricula of some Havana schools might include lessons of Russian.
During its visit to Moscow, Cuban delegation visited the Institute of Pushkin, where the parties discussed bilateral cooperation in education.