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MacLochlainn meets senior Cuban official at Leinster House

15 June, 2011 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Sinn Féin Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Padraig MacLochlainn TD today met with Ernesto Sentí Darias, the Cuban Director of European Affairs at the Department of Foreign Relations.

The meeting was part of an effort by the Cuban administration to develop relations with EU member states and to set up an Oireachtas Friends of Cuba group.

Speaking at the meeting in Leinster House today Deputy MacLochlainn said:

“The key objectives for the group should be to lobby for a move away from the common EU position on Cuba, to develop full trade relations between the EU and Cuba and to lobby for an end to the US Embargo.”

Speaking after the meeting he said:

“I look forward to working with the new group in the Oireachtas and hope that we can play a constructive role in bringing about normalised relations between the people of Cuba and the rest of the world.

“This is the key issue in bringing about an end to the extreme hardships facing the Cuban people.” ENDS

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