A Historic Day in #USCuba Relations

Posted by Moira Whelan
July 20, 2015
Secretary Kerry Shakes Hands With Cuban Foreign Minister Rodríguez Before Their Bilateral Meeting on July 20, 2015

President Barack Obama announced on July 1, 2015, the decision to re-establish diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States.  The President’s historic decision became effective today, July 20, when our two countries re-opened our embassies after a rupture that lasted 54 years.

Today also marked the first visit by a Cuban foreign minister to the Department of State since 1958, as Secretary of State John Kerry hosted Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez at the Harry S Truman Building in Washington, D.C. The Secretary also announced via Twitter that he will travel to Havana on August 14 to re-open U.S. Embassy Havana and raise the U.S. flag.

In remarks today, Secretary Kerry said, "…This milestone does not signify an end to the many differences that still separate our governments. But it does reflect the reality that the Cold War ended long ago, that the interests of both countries are better served by engagement than by estrangement, and that we have begun a process of full normalization that is sure to take time but that will also benefit people in both Cuba and the United States."

In closing, Secretary Kerry said, "Today, with the opening of our embassies and the visit of the Foreign Minister, we are taking an historic and -- long overdue -- step in the right direction. To keep moving forward, both governments must proceed in a spirit of openness and mutual respect. I can assure the world, including the people of Cuba, that the United States will do its part."

About the Author: Moira Whelan serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Digital Strategy.

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Patrick W.
Maryland, USA
July 21, 2015
Effective today, July 20, our two countries will re-opened our embassies. This is a really good step forward, because now Cuba America's will have accesses to their country and can get their birth records . Which is something people need for just about every thing you want to apply for here. Also, we will be able to find out who is in our country with their government's help. So they are not just missing people, and their families will be able to find out if they are alive or dead, with important health records they can use to identify them with here if they died. I'm sure a lot of people would like to know what happened to their loved ones that are missing.
Kesha d.
United States
July 22, 2015
Good going Sir! Last week Iran and this week Cuba. Congratulations!


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