UPDATE 1-French foreign minister on historic visit to Cuba

sábado 12 de abril de 2014 14:42 GYT

* First such visit in 30 years

* Part of warming trend with EU (Recasts with arrival, adds quotes as talks begin)

By Marc Frank

HAVANA, April 12 (Reuters) - France's foreign minister arrived in Cuba on Saturday for a brief but historic visit, the first by such a high-ranking French official in 31 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana.

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius met with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez upon arrival, and was scheduled to meet with Cardinal Jaime Ortega and then French businessmen.

Rodriguez met with Laurent in Paris last month.

"We want to strengthen our ties with South America and particularly with Cuba," Fabius said, before sitting down for talks with Rodriguez.

Both men pointed to the long history of friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries.

"Our bilateral relations are developing in a favorable way today and there are great possibilities for the future," Rodriguez said.   Continuación...