Paraguay, Cuba restore full diplomatic ties after 38 years
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) -- Paraguay and Cuba restored full
diplomatic ties in a surprise ceremony Monday, 38 years after relations were
cut following Fidel Castro's communist revolution.
A Cuban foreign ministry official, Jorge Bolanos Suarez, joined Paraguay's
foreign minister, Jose Felix Fernandez Estigarribia, in making the
announcement in the Paraguayan capital, Asuncion.
Bolanos Suarez said he hoped the restoration of ties would help strengthen
economic links between Cuba and Paraguay. Paraguay has occasionally
joined in criticism of the long-standing U.S. economic embargo against
Relations between the two countries broke down in 1961, shortly after
Castro took power in Cuba. Paraguay, then led by dictator Alfredo
Stroessner, was among the first Latin American countries to suspend
relations with the Caribbean island nation.
Paraguay was the only country in the region that did not officially have
diplomatic relations with Cuba.