The European Union yesterday welcomed the re-establishment of full diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba after 54 years, calling it a “historic milestone”.

 

But the European Union also urged further work to lift a trade embargo established in 1962 which remains in place, calling it “outdated and inconsistent”.

 

US President Barack Obama has also urged Republican-controlled Congress to end the embargo, saying the policy “was not working”.

 

The EU never fully broke off relations with Cuba despite frequent criticisms over human rights but the two are aiming to sign a political framework for dialogue and cooperation by the end of this year.

 

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