France, Cuba Open ‘New Page’ in Bilateral Ties - Hollande

© REUTERS / Philippe WojazerFrench President Francois Hollande (R) and Cuba's President Raul Castro leave a joint news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, February 1, 2016.
French President Francois Hollande (R) and Cuba's President Raul Castro leave a joint news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, February 1, 2016. - Sputnik International
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According to the French president, France and Cuba open "new page" in bilateral relations.

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PARIS (Sputnik) – France and Cuba are on the verge of renewed ties after the Paris lenders club wrote off $4 billion of the island state’s debt in December, French President Francois Hollande said Monday.

"Today, a new page opens for France and Cuba. After a debt write-off agreement signed in Paris, we have before us significant prospects of developing our relations and trade turnover," Hollande said at a meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro.

A number of bilateral economic, tourism, industry and other agreements are expected at the conclusion of Hollande’s meeting with Castro.

Hollande became the first Western leader to visit Cuba in over 50 years when he traveled there last May.

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