- Title: Spain speaks out against tougher sanctions on Cuba
- Date: 16th October 2019
- Summary: HAVANA, CUBA (OCTOBER 16, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** SPAIN'S FOREIGN MINISTER JOSE BORRELL (LEFT) AND CUBA'S FOREIGN MINISTER BRUNO RODRIGUEZ AT START OF NEWS CONFERENCE NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS CUBAN AND SPANISH FLAGS AT NEWS CONFERENCE BORRELL AND RODRIGUEZ AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SPAIN'S FOREIGN MINISTER JOSE BORRELL, SAYING: "Spain will use its diplomatic and legal resources as a sovereign state and a member of the European Union, and the European Union within its framework will reject the extra-territorial application of the laws of the United States. Cuba is not a particular case. This same rule is applied when there is an extra-territorial application of laws in respect to other countries. We are concerned so we will do everything possible when faced with these sorts of provisions." VARIOUS OF BORRELL AND RODRIGUEZ AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SPAIN'S FOREIGN MINISTER JOSE BORRELL, SAYING: "This visit is a result of the agreements reached during a visit with the Prime Minister of the Spanish government (Pedro Sanchez), the first visit of its kind after 32 years. It marks a continuation in this process of normalisation of relations between countries, and it also includes the next visit from the King of Spain (Felipe VI) which I can confirm is on the 500th anniversary of the founding of the city of Havana, an event that is closely linked to our common history." MEETING BETWEEN SPANISH AND CUBAN DELEGATION BORRELL DURING MEETING DELEGATIONS MEETING CUBAN AND SPANISH FLAGS ON TABLE AT MEETING RODRIGUEZ SPEAKING AT MEETING MEETING IN PROGRESS
- Embargoed: 30th October 2019 21:59
- Keywords: Spain Cuba Havana Madrid Spain Foreign Minister Jose Borrell Cuba Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez
- Location: HAVANA, CUBA
- City: HAVANA, CUBA
- Country: Cuba
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001B1CMCEF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Spain's Foreign Minister told media in Havana on Wednesday (October 16) that Madrid will work to stop the extra-territorial application of U.S. sanctions and laws from affecting relations between Cuba and the European Union.
The EU started normalising relations with one-party Cuba about the same time as the United States five years ago, ending decades of Cold War-era hostility. But EU and U.S. policies have diverged, as U.S. President Donald Trump has unravelled the detente pursued by his predecessor. He has reverted to seeking to coerce the government to reform, a strategy that many experts say has long failed.
EU officials say they believe they can better influence Cuba on human rights through dialogue and economic ties rather than coercion. As a result, investment from the European Union in Cuba has increased.
Tougher sanctions in Cuba include Washington's decision to implement the 1996 Helms-Burt Act, which allows Americans to file lawsuits seeking compensation for properties confiscated by the Cuban government in 1959. Madrid and Brussels have expressed concerns that such measures could be extended to affect European companies.
During the visit, Spain's Foreign Minister Jose Borrell confirmed Spain's King Felipe VI will be in Havana in November to mark the 500th anniversary of the founding of the Cuban capital.
Spain is one of Communist-ruled Cuba's biggest trading partners and a major investor there, especially in the tourism sector.
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