Weekly Report - 01 June 2023 (WR-23-22)

EU reaffirms commitment to Cuba

The High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, recently paid his first visit to Cuba since assuming his current post. His visit, during which he co-chaired the 3rd EU-Cuba joint council with Cuba’s foreign minister, Bruno Rodríguez, and met President Miguel Díaz-Canel, comes as cooperation from the EU, the island’s most important trade, investment, and cooperation partner, remains as crucial as ever given Cuba’s dire economic situation. While both sides made positive noises, Borrell’s 24-27 May visit takes place amid potential points of tension – including Cuba’s burgeoning ties with Russia [WR-23-21] which the EU has sanctioned over its invasion of Ukraine, as well as the Díaz-Canel government’s continued crackdown on protesters.

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