Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parilla this afternoon, August 14, reported that he and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed next steps to be taken as the countries move toward normalizing relations, now that the initial phase of reestablishing diplomatic relations has concluded
Despite a blazing sun, hundreds flocked to the flag raising ceremony at the U.S. embassy in Havana
The official ceremony opening the U.S. embassy in Cuba took place today August 14, while the embassy has been functioning as such since July 20. Hundreds within the grounds and surrounding the area witnessed what has been described as a historic event.
Said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking before the ceremonial flag raising to reopen his country’s embassy in Havana
Speech by Secretary of State John Kerry at the official opening of U.S. embassy in Havana (released by U.S. State Department)
Nineteen individuals involved in U.S. policy making and government are accompanying Secretary of State John Kerry for the official ceremony opening the U.S. Embassy in Havana, August 14, according to a communiqué issued by the State Department
The official re-opening of the U.S. embassy in Cuba will take place today, August 14, with John Kerry in attendance, the first Secretary of State to visit Cuba in 70 years.
The official re-opening of the embassy comes as a result of an announcement made by President Barack Obama on July 1
Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla spoke at the ceremony to re-open the Cuban Embassy in the United States in Washington, today July 20, saying, “We’ve been able to make it to this date thanks to the firm and wise leadership of Fidel Castro Ruz, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution,” and the “will, unity, sacrifice, selflessness, heroic resistance and work of our people.”
Cuba’s diplomatic mission in the United States was officially re-inaugurated this morning, July 20. The Cuban Interest Section in Washington is now the country’s embassy.