Diplomatic relations between the U.S and Cuba have been officially restored, with Cuba’s foreign minister taking the big step of raising his country’s flag at a newly designated embassy in Washington.
Bruno Rodriguez, visiting the US capital for the first time in his life, conducted the ceremony at the mansion which has not functioned as an embassy for more than 50 years.
“The historic events we are living today will only make sense with the removal of the economic, commercial and financial blockade, which causes so much deprivation and damage to our people, the return of occupied territory in Guantánamo, and respect for the sovereignty of Cuba,” Rodríguez said.
The U.S. is adopting a more low-key approach. A State Department official involved in the plans said the department was only sending a “very limited” delegation to the ceremony at the embassy in Cuba, none of whose members would give a speech.
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