Cuban supporter Danial Espino Delgado waves a Cuban flag in front of the country’s embassy after it reopened for the first time in 54 years July 20, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The embassy was closed in 1961 when U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower severed diplomatic ties with the island nation after Fidel Castro took power in a communist revolution.
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For the first time in 50 years, Cuba and the U.S. will have embassies on each other’s soil, one more step in rebuilding the relationship that was shattered decades ago, USA Today reports.

According to the report, on Monday the Cuban flag will officially be raised in Washington, D.C., as part of a daylong series of events to celebrate the opening of a full Cuban Embassy, which will be 2 miles from the White House. The building had reportedly served as a Cuban Interests Section where visas and other basic consular services were processed.


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will be at a joint news conference with Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez at the U.S. State Department later today, where the Cuban flag will formally be added to the assortment of flags from countries that have formal relations with the U.S., USA Today notes.

Kerry will then travel to Cuba later in the summer for a similar ceremony and raising of the American flag outside the building of the U.S. Interests Section in Cuba’s capital, Havana, which, starting Monday, will serve as the U.S. Embassy.

Read more at USA Today.

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