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  • 21 September 2018

    "We are seeing—particularly among Cuba's young people—a growing expectation of a political and economic transition. We are observing with interest the authorities' response to these expectations," MFA Undersecretary of State Bartosz Cichocki emphasised during consultations in Warsaw on Thursday with his Cuban counterpart, Ambassador Ana Teresita Gonzales Fraga. In this way, the minister referred to the work on Cuba's new constitution.

    These are the first political talks at the level of deputy foreign ministers to be held as part of the implementation of the Protocol on the establishment of a mechanism for political consultations between the foreign ministries of the two countries. It was signed in June last year during what was the first visit of a Polish foreign minister to Havana in 30 years. The last time consultations at this level were held was 2002 in Warsaw.

    The talks dealt with bilateral and regional issues and cooperation between the two countries at international organisations. The bilateral agenda was dominated by trade, finance, and cultural cooperation. Deputy Minister Cichocki enquired about the prospects of Polish businesses on Cuba's markets, especially in the agri-food sector. In 2017, trade between Poland and Cuba stood at USD 45.8m, with Polish exports accounting for USD 42.5m.

    Deputy Minister Cichocki also outlined Poland's priorities in the UN Security Council for 2018-2019 and preparations for the COP24 conference in Katowice. The interlocutors furthermore exchanged views and information about the current developments in Europe and Latin America.

    MFA Press Office

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