United States, Cuba to Announce Reopening of Embassies


Above: Havana, Cuba

By the Cuba Journal staff

After more than a half-century, the United States and Cuba are set to reopen their embassies.

The two sides are set to make an official announcement of the moves on Wednesday, according to reports by a number of senior US administration officials.

US President Barack Obama and US Secretary of State John Kerry will announce the agreement, which will see embassies open in Havana and Washington for the first time since 1961.

The move comes a little more than six months after Obama announced the two countries’ historic rapprochement.

The US recently removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, a key hurdle that needed to be cleared to reopen diplomatic outposts.

The United States has long had an “Interests Section” in Havana, which will likely become the site of the new embassy.

According to reports, the new Embassy could open as soon as this summer.

The US and Cuba have been holding regular talks on the proposed reopening of embassies since the beginning of this year, led by US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson and Cuba’s Josefina Vidal Josefina Vidal Ferreiro.

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