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EU summons its ambassador to Cuba to explain letter to Biden

  • Written by Yahoo News
  • Published in Latin America
EU ambassador to Cuba Alberto Navarro EU ambassador to Cuba Alberto Navarro
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has summoned its ambassador to Cuba to return to Brussels to explain himself after he reportedly signed an appeal asking U.S. President Joe Biden to lift sanctions against Cuba and begin normalizing ties with the country.

A spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Saturday that the ambassador, Alberto Navarro, was asked "to come to Brussels to provide explanations."

He was also instructed "to provide a note detailing the matter,” said the spokesman, Peter Stano.

Stano did not answer a question on whether Navarro will be fired.

The ambassador's summons to Brussels was first reported by Politico.

The summoning of the EU ambassador, Alberto Navarro, comes after 16 MEPs — including several senior lawmakers — this week sent a letter to Borrell urging the diplomatic chief to fire Navarro, arguing that the diplomat was "not worthy of the high functions he holds."

The MEPs criticized several actions by the ambassador, most notably his “unacceptable initiative” earlier this month to sign an open letter to Biden urging the U.S. president “to personally take executive action” to lift business and travel restrictions against Cuba. The letter urged the U.S. to “stop being a hostile neighbor” to Cuba and to “stop interfering in our domestic affairs.”

“We have received [the MEPs] letter and have requested the ambassador to come to Brussels to provide explanations” to Borrell, said an EU spokesperson in response to questions from POLITICO. “In the meantime, we have asked him to provide a note detailing the matter.”

The lawmakers' complaints included the ambassador signing the open letter to Biden that asked for the lifting of the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba.

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Last modified onSunday, 28 February 2021 12:59
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