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CFK praises normalization of US-Cuba relations

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman during the 47th MERCOSUR summit held in Entre Ríos.

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has praised the normalization of United States and Cuba relations announced by US President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raúl Castro, during the MERCOSUR summit held in Entre Ríos.

“Dilma [Brazilian President Rousseff], Pepe [Uruguayan President Mujica], Nicolás [Venezuelan President Maduro]... I thought we were never going to see the end of the US Cuban embargo,” the President said in the opening ceremony of the MERCOSUR 47th summit.

Ms Kirchner said she was “happy” with the news, and applauded Cuba’s leadership, saying that when “people are conducted by good leaders, they are not betrayed.”

She also said it was “a good decision by US President Obama,” and praised the role played by Pope Francis in negotiations.

“Cuba is a little and great country that stood against the most powerful country in the world for 53 years,” she said.

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner arrived yesterday in Paraná, Entre Ríos province, to welcome the heads of states of MERCOSUR who meet today for the bloc’s 47th summit to plough through a loaded agenda, including the creation of a “Mercosur citizenship” and the entry of Bolivia –currently an associate state- as a full member.

At the official opening, Argentina formally transferred the bloc’s pro tempore presidency to her Brazil.

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