Histiory of The Embassy of the United States in Havana Cuba
The United States established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba in 1902, opening the first U.S. Embassy in Havana in 1923. The Embassy was closed in 1961 when the United States severed diplomatic relations. During President Carter’s administration in 1977, the United States and Cuba signed an agreement establishing the U.S. Interests Section (USINT) in Havana, and the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, DC. Under the formal protection of the Embassy of Switzerland, USINT operated out of the former U.S. Embassy building, which first opened in 1953. On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced the intention to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. After six months of negotiations, the two nations officially renewed diplomatic relations on July 20, 2015, and USINT became U.S. Embassy Havana.
- US – Cuba Relations : http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/foreign-policy/cuba
- U.S. Department of State Travel to Cuba
- New Treasury Department Asset Regulations in regard to Cuba
- New Commerce Department Regulations Changing U.S. Export Policy On Cuba
- 4/14/15 Message to Congress — Report to Congress with Respect to the Proposed Rescission of Cuba’s Designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism
- 4/14/15 Certification — Report to Congress with Respect to the Proposed Rescission of Cuba’s Designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism
- 4/14/15 Statement by the Press Secretary on the Proposed Rescission of Cuba’s Designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism
- 5/29/15 Rescission of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism
- 6/1/15 President Obama delivers a statement on Re-establishing Diplomatic Relations with Cuba
- 7/1/15 Letter from Raul Castro — Re-establishing Diplomatic Relations and Permanent Diplomatic Missions
- 7/1/15 Presidential Letter — Re-establishing Diplomatic Relations and Permanent Diplomatic Missions
- 7/20/15 The Cuban embassy re-opens it’s doors in Washington D.C.
- 7/20/15 Statement by the Press Secretary on the Opening of the Embassy of the United States of America in Havana, Cuba, and the Opening of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C
- 7/20/15 Secretary of State John Kerry and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parilla hold a press conference
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in Washington on Monday, U.S. officials said, to mark the historic restoration of diplomatic ties between former Cold War foes severed more than five decades ago.
Kerry will host Rodriguez at the State Department after the Cuban official leads the formal reopening of the Communist state’s embassy, a hugely symbolic step in the thaw between the countries initiated by President Barack Obama and Cuba’s President Raul Castro in December.
The Cuban flag will be raised over its mission in Washington for the first time in 54 years. While the U.S. embassy in Havana will also be automatically reopened, no American flag will fly there until Kerry visits to preside over a ceremony, U.S. officials said on Friday. He is expected to travel there in August.
Rodriguez, the first Cuban foreign minister to visit Washington since around the time of the Cuban Revolution, will have a substantive discussion with Kerry instead of “just a passing handshake,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said.
He said the agenda would cover areas of possible cooperation, such as global health and the Cuban people’s expanded “access to telecommunications,” as well as points of contention, including Cuba’s human rights record and U.S. fugitives sheltering on the island.
Re-establishment of ties, agreed on July 1 after several rounds of talks, will be the latest phase in a normalization process expected to move slowly because of lingering disputes as well Havana’s desire to keep a tight rein on Cuba’s society and its state-run economy.
A U.S. economic embargo against Cuba will remain in place, and only Congress can lift it.
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Friday, August 14, 2015 9:45 AM ET
Secretary of State John Kerry raises the American flag to mark the re-opening of the U.S. Embassy