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Cuba: John Kerry arrives in Havana to re-open US embassy during historic visit01:02

Cuba: John Kerry arrives in Havana to re-open US embassy during historic visit

Cuba, Havana
August 14, 2015 at 02:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

US Secretary of State John Kerry, the first top official to visit Cuba in around 70 years, touched down in Havana, Friday, kicking off his historic visit to the Cuban capital during which he will raise the US flag over the newly-opened embassy. It will be the first time the Stars and Stripes has been flown on the building in 56 years.

Kerry will raise the flag as part of the ceremony that will officially re-open the Cuban embassy and will then hold talks with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla on how bilateral relations between the two nations can continue to be improved.

On July 1, US President Barack Obama announced that following talks with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro, diplomatic relations between the two nations had been "formally" re-established. This led to the Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C. being officially re-opened on July 20, although Havana remains firm in calling for an end to the decades long US-led blockade on the island.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry, the first top official to visit Cuba in around 70 years, touched down in Havana, Friday, kicking off his historic visit to the Cuban capital during which he will raise the US flag over the newly-opened embassy. It will be the first time the Stars and Stripes has been flown on the building in 56 years.

Kerry will raise the flag as part of the ceremony that will officially re-open the Cuban embassy and will then hold talks with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla on how bilateral relations between the two nations can continue to be improved.

On July 1, US President Barack Obama announced that following talks with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro, diplomatic relations between the two nations had been "formally" re-established. This led to the Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C. being officially re-opened on July 20, although Havana remains firm in calling for an end to the decades long US-led blockade on the island.

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