Welcome for EU common sense approach on Cuba
Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has given a tentative welcome to the EU lifting of sanctions on Cuba.
The decision is expected to come into formal effect later today.
Speaking from Brussels, Ms de Brún said,
"I welcome this move from the EU. The lifting of sanctions makes sense. It is now time to start repairing the international relations between both areas as a matter of urgency.
"Sinn Féin has built up links with Cuba and believes this announcement can give added momentum and opportunities for the country.
"The Spanish government, which was among the European countries that pushed hardest for ending EU sanctions against Cuba also hopes to see a change in policy from the next US president.
"The EU Council decision marks an important step in international relations with Cuba in the time ahead." Críoch