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Cuba, Panama Restore Full Diplomatic Relations


Cuba and Panama have restored diplomatic ties, one year after they were severed due to Panama's decision to pardon four Cubans accused of trying to assassinate Cuban President Fidel Castro.

Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque and his Panamanian counterpart, Ricardo Duran, Saturday signed documents in Havana to officially declare normal relations.

Havana cut off relations with Panama on August 26, 2004, after then-President Mireya Moscoso pardoned the Cuban exiles. Her successor, Martin Torrijos, had vowed to re-establish ties after his inauguration last year.

Mr. Torrijos arrived Saturday in Cuba, where he attended a graduation ceremony at the Latin American School of Medicine along with Mr. Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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