United States / Cuba – Statement by Laurent Fabius (December 17, 2014)
The United States and Cuba have just announced their decision to re-establish diplomatic relations, more than fifty years after the closure of their embassies.
I welcome these announcements, which, as France has long wished for, pave the way towards full normalization and ultimately, I hope, the lifting of the embargo on this country.
France has shown very strong commitment over the past few years to a rapprochement between the European Union and Cuba. Relations between France and Cuba have flourished since my official visit to Cuba in April 2014. France will continue to stand alongside the people of Cuba for this new chapter in their history.