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The government takes a turn in its foreign policy in favor of dialogue with Venezuela and Cuba

Borrell ends the hard line of the executives of the PP and initiates contacts to favor another relationship

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The government takes a turn in its foreign policy in favor of dialogue with Venezuela and Cuba

The Government of Pedro Sánchez has embarked on a new stage in its relationship with Venezuela and Cuba different from that of its predecessor. The hard line, penalties, lack of contacts at highest level and even statements of respective ambassadors as non-grates have been relegated to a new climate of "dialogue". This has been expressed this week by foreigner, Josep Borrell, his Venezuelan counterpart, Jorge Arreaza, and same did a high position of Ministry to Cuban chancellor, Abelardo Moreno.

The second edition of Summit of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of European Union and Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), held on Monday and Tuesday in Brussels, served as perfect scenario to materialize a relevant change of Criterion in international policy of Spanish executive. The meeting was attended by 33 states representing some 600 million people. At margins of meeting, in private offices, Minister Borrell took time to meet for half an hour with Arreaza. And on or hand, so did Secretary of State for Latin America, Juan Pablo de la Iglesia, at request of his Cuban counterpart, in what was first meeting of new executive with an authority of island.

The symbolic significance of Monday's talk with Borrell remarked subsequent reaction of Arreaza himself, who published on Twitter this optimistic message with several photos of meeting: "held a cordial and productive meeting. Both governments are committed to dialogue with mutual respect and comprehensive cooperation. "

Last January, Spain and Venezuela came to withdraw ir respective ambassadors for a new political crisis between two countries. The Caribbean authorities assured that Mariano Rajoy and his foreign minister, Alfonso Dastis, were leading in European Union a tough strategy of sanctions against Venezuelan leaders. At end of May, Dastis still held in public and before EU need for an "increase of pressure" towards Venezuelan government with sanctions to more people, "unilateral and restrictive" to convince regime of Nicolas Maduro that it was to seek "a way out Auntically Democratic "for your country.

Waiting to concrete trip to island

With regard to first meeting of Government with a Cuban authority, exteriors found will to "deepen and broaden valuable and constructive bilateral relationship that unites both countries" after overcoming previous common position of blockade of EU. Spain now trusts that new Cuban Government "can successfully address important challenges before it and undertake pending reforms" and is offered to "help and accompany in its transformation process". Cuban official sources valued "The good sign" of this "gesture" and wait to concretize from September a state trip "to maximum level" to island, but already in 2019.

Borrell already advanced last week, in his appearance before Committee on Foreign Affairs of Congress and to questions of Fernando Maura, citizen spokesperson, who did not believe in virtue of sanctions or hard blockade against Venezuela. Following talk with Arreaza, Ministry issued an official note ratifying that turn and expressing its desire to "maintain bilateral relations that would enable multiple issues arising from links between two countries to be addressed, without prejudice to Existing discrepancies ".

The minister moved his Venezuelan counterpart " deep concern of EU" for that country but also " will of Government to actively contribute to generation of conditions for a democratic, peaceful and negotiated exit to that situation and intention To maintain, for this purpose, a fluent dialogue with government, opposition and relevant international actors. " Borrell Vadeó attempted mediation in Venezuela by former presidents José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Felipe González, without taking sides in ir positions and specifying that y do not represent current government. This music enchanted Arreaza and government of Maduro, as y have found diplomatic sources in Venezuela.

The criticisms came from Brussels by Liberal MEP of Alde (ExUPyD), Beatriz Becerra, who crossed turn of Entreguista and a betrayal of EU's unified position.

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