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Vatican City: Pope thanks "noble" effort in US-Cuba talks00:37

Vatican City: Pope thanks "noble" effort in US-Cuba talks

Holy See (Vatican City State), Vatican City
December 18, 2014 at 17:37 GMT +00:00 · Published

Pope Francis spoke on Thursday to thank the diplomatic effort which brought about the deal to restore relations between the United States and Cuba, calling it "very noble work".

On Wednesday Raul Castro, the President of the Council of State of Cuba, thanked the Vatican and Pope Francis for helping to negotiate a deal between Cuba and the United States which will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba that it severed 55 years ago after the Cuban Revolution deposed of the US-backed Batista regime.

The three remaining unreleased ‘Miami Five’ prisoners arrested in 1998 in the US state of Florida for espionage, will also be released as part of a deal that will see Cuba release Alan Gross, a US contractor convicted in Havana in 2009 for “crimes against the state” as part of a USAID operation trying to subvert Cuba’s government.

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Pope Francis spoke on Thursday to thank the diplomatic effort which brought about the deal to restore relations between the United States and Cuba, calling it "very noble work".

On Wednesday Raul Castro, the President of the Council of State of Cuba, thanked the Vatican and Pope Francis for helping to negotiate a deal between Cuba and the United States which will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba that it severed 55 years ago after the Cuban Revolution deposed of the US-backed Batista regime.

The three remaining unreleased ‘Miami Five’ prisoners arrested in 1998 in the US state of Florida for espionage, will also be released as part of a deal that will see Cuba release Alan Gross, a US contractor convicted in Havana in 2009 for “crimes against the state” as part of a USAID operation trying to subvert Cuba’s government.

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