OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE

WASHINGTON.-For the first time in half a century, the Cuban national anthem was heard in this capital and the lone star flag raised to re-inaugurate the country’s embassy in the United States.

The two countries, without formal relations since January 3, 1961, now have embassies in the respective capitals, as a result of an agreement reached last December between Presidents Barack Obama and Raúl Castro.

More than a hundred persons, flanked by dozens of television and press reporters gathered outside the diplomatic mission located on 16th Street for the historic event.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, becoming the country’s first official to make a state visit to the country, held a press conference immediately following the inauguration ceremony, attended by the U.S. State Department’s Roberta Jacobson, assistant secretary for Western Hemispheric Affairs. Rodríguez Parrilla will be received by Secretary of State John Kerry later today.