Cuba and USA restore relations, reopen embassies

The embassies in Washington D.C. and Havana are opening their doors, marking the official reinstatement of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

A Cuban flag flies among empty flag polls near the U.S. Interests Section building, behind, in Havana, Sunday, July 19, 2015.

A Cuban flag flies among empty flag polls near the U.S. Interests Section building, behind, in Havana, Sunday, July 19, 2015. Image by AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa

The opening of the Cuban embassy will be inaugurated with a small flag-raising ceremony, and Senator John Kerry is scheduled to visit and anoint the American embassy in Cuba later this summer, which will be the first visit to the country by a US Secretary of State in seventy years. At this point in time, travel restrictions still remain in place, as does the trade embargo, a measure which cannot be lifted without US Congressional support.

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