Wednesday, July 01, 2015
President Obama announces opening of US Embassy in Cuba
President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington, heralding a "new chapter" in relations after a half-century of hostility.
"This is a historic step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with the Cuban government and people and begin a new chapter with our neighbors in the Americas.
“As part of that effort, President Raul Castro and I directed our teams to negotiate the reestablishment of embassies.
“Since then our State Department has worked hard with our Cuban counterparts to achieve that goal and later this summer Secretary (John) Kerry will travel to Havana formally to proudly raise the American flag over our embassy once more,” President Obama said.