November 23 , 1998

Cuba, Djibouti to establish diplomatic ties

HAVANA, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Cuba and Djibouti have decided to establish diplomatic relations, Cuba's official newspaper Granma said on Saturday.

It said the decision was announced at the United Nations in New York on Friday in a joint statement signed by the respective ambassadors to the United Nations of the communist-ruled Caribbean island and the coastal Horn of Africa state.

Since the collapse of the former communist Soviet bloc after 1989 threatened Cuba with political isolation, the Cuban government has staged a diplomatic offensive to widen its contacts and ties with both developed and developing countries.

11:06 11-21-98

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