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Minister Flanagan welcomes developments in US-Cuban relations


Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, has welcomed the announcement that the US and Cuba are to reopen embassies in Havana and Washington D.C.

Speaking ahead of the 4th of July celebrations to mark American Independence Day, Minister Flanagan said:

“I warmly welcome this announcement, which is a vital step in the normalisation of relations between the two countries, and a testament to the commitment by President Obama and by President Castro to the normalisation process.

“Progress in US-Cuban relations is a fine example of how positive dialogue can help resolve seemingly-intractable problems between states, an approach that Ireland consistently advocates in its foreign policy engagement.

“I look forward to further progress in the renewal of political, diplomatic, and economic relations between the US and Cuba, which will benefit the people of both countries.”

Press Office
3 July 2015

Note to Editors
•The announcement made yesterday by the US and Cuban governments was the result of an exchange of letters between President Obama and President Castro, confirming their decision to re-establish diplomatic relations between the two countries and open permanent diplomatic missions in the respective capitals as from July 20, 2015.