US and Cuba restore relations
WASHINGTON –– Cuba’s flag now stands among those of the nations with which the United States has diplomatic relations.
An agreement reached after months of negotiations, to restore the ties between the two countries that had been broken for more than five decades, came into force at midnight.
While the Cuban flag was raised over Havana’s embassy in Washington for the first time in 54 years during a short ceremony, it won’t be until August 14 when US Secretary of State John Kerry visits Cuba and a similar ceremony takes place in Havana.
It will be the first visit by a secretary of state to Cuba since 1945.
Deputy Chief of Mission for the United States in Havana Conrad Tribble was among those who took to social media to hail the historic day.
Under the agreement for restored relations, diplomats in Cuba will be formally registered and, for the first time since the American Embassy was closed, will be allowed to travel freely in the country. They will also be invited to functions like members of other diplomatic corps.
However, the agreement stops short of restoring trade between the two countries.