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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-04-12

France’s top diplomat Laurent Fabius will on Saturday travel to Cuba, becoming the first French foreign minister to pay an official visit to the communist island nation in over three decades.

During his one-day visit, Fabius is set to meet his Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodriguez, with the aim of reviving bilateral relations between the two countries in what diplomatic sources told AFP was a “favourable political context”.

He will also meet Archbishop Jaime Ortega and other prominent Cuban personalities.

Fabius’ Cuba visit is the first made by a French diplomat of his rank since 1983 and comes as Havana wants to improve relations with the European Union.

The stay comes on the heels of a two-day state visit to Mexico, where Fabius accompanied French President François Hollande.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
 

Date created : 2014-04-12

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