EU Says Cuba Could Help Broker Dialogue in Venezuela

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The European Union's top diplomat said on Tuesday Communistrun Cuba could help broker fresh dialogue between the government and opposition in Venezuela, despite Havana's frequent assurances the crisis afflicting its leftist ally was a sovereign matter.

Federica Mogherini made the comments at a news conference in Brussels after hosting the EU's first joint council with Cuba since the bloc dropped all sanctions on the island and agreed on a political framework within which to strengthen ties.

The EU has said it is now Cuba's top trade and investment partner, and arguably plays a bigger role than traditional allies like Venezuela or Russia as the island implements market reforms to its centrallyplanned economy.

Analysts say the EU has also taken advantage of U.S. indifference or a diplomatic vacuum, as the Trump administration backtracks on a fragile detente with Cuba.

I personally believe that Cuba could play a positive role in trying to avoid further negative developments (in Venezuela) and trying to reopen and negotiate a political solution and dialogue, Mogherini told joint news conference with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez.

Source: Voice of America