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Finally, U.S., Cuba Re-open Embassies

Posted: Jul 20, 2015 at 8:07 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

After 54 years of tensions, the United States and Cuba have re-opened embassies in both countries as they move to mend their relationship.

This is in line with both countries’ resolve to restore full diplomatic ties, as Cuba was expected to open its embassy in Washington on Monday with a ceremony attended by hundreds of guests, while the U.S. was to restore its former Havana mission, which has operated under the auspices of the Swiss embassy, into a fully-fledged U.S. embassy after midnight on Sunday.

U.S. President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro of Cuba exchanged letters last month agreeing to restore relations on July 20, when the embassies could be reopened.

Earlier, Obama had ordered a review of Cuba’s status on the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list as part of a shift in policy in December when he and Castro announced they would work together to bring their countries back to normal diplomatic ties.