After 54 years, Cuban embassy reopens in Washington

After more than five decades, the Embassy of Cuba reopened 54 years after President Dwight D. Eisenhower ended relations with the country in 1961.

A crowd gathered on 16th Street NW, Washington, DC this past July 20; viewers, along with new employees of the Embassy of Cuba applauded when the Cuban flag was raised. The date was marked as the renewal of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

For the first time, the Cuban flag was raised on American soil in the Embassy of Cuba and took a step in the normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States after December 17, 2014, Obama and Raul Castro announced the restoration of diplomatic ties and the exchange of prisoners.

In Miami, where the greatest number of Cubans abroad, the protests began over the weekend in emblematic places of the exile community. Is pending if a general consulate of Cuba will open in South Florida, what many consider "a provocation" for which is considered the "capital of exile."

The ceremony in Washington D.C. was attended by 500 guests and featured a delegation of 30 diplomats, cultural and other representatives who traveled from Cuba. The US government confirmed that the US Interests Section in Havana did not immediately raise the flag and will wait until August.

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A Cuban and U.S. flag wave from the balcony of the Hotel Saratoga where a U.S. Congressional delegation is staying in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Cuba's foreign minister told the group of U.S. senators and congressmen Monday that his country is open to greater diplomatic and trade ties but the congressional delegation did not meet President Raul Castro, the man who will make many of the key decisions about the new U.S.-Cuban relationship. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

A Cuban and U.S. flag wave from the balcony of the Hotel Saratoga where a U.S. Congressional delegation is staying in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Cuba's foreign minister told the group of U.S. senators and congressmen Monday that his country is open to greater diplomatic and trade ties but the congressional delegation did not meet President Raul Castro, the man who will make many of the key decisions about the new U.S.-Cuban relationship. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)



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<> on July 20, 2015 in Washington, DC.

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Bandera cubana izada en los EE.UU. por el canciller cubano, Bruno Rodríguez Cuban flag is raised in the U.S. by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez



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