Foreign ministers of the European Union have urged the bloc’s foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton to start efforts to thaw bilateral relations between the EU and Cuba. Spain is leading a call to soften the EU’s policy to make conditional contacts with the Caribbean country based on its progress on upholding human rights, Deutsche Presse-Agentur says. France and Italy also supported the call, prompting EU foreign ministers who were meeting in Luxembourg to encourage Ashton to explore the possibilities of resuming political contacts between the EU and Cuba, the news agency explains.

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    Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.