Kerry officially reopens US embassy in Havana

US Secretary of State John Kerry has attended a flag-raising ceremony at the US embassy in Havana. This marked the official reopening of diplomatic relations between the US and its long-time communist adversary, Cuba.

The US national anthem played as the Stars and Stripes was raised on the compound of the US embassy in the Cuban capital, Havana, on Friday.

In addition to Secretary of State John Kerry, the ceremony was attended by the charge d’affaires at the embassy, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, and numerous invited guests, including three marines who last the US flag at the compound in January, 1961, when the US broke off relations with Cuba at the height of the Cold War.

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Speaking just prior to the ceremony, Kerry praised President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro, for agreeing late last year to reestablish diplomatic relations between their two countries after more than five decades of mutual hostility.

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Source News: DW