The official opening, however, will take place on August 14 when Secretary of State John Kerry travels to the Caribbean Island to participate in a ceremony raising the American flag.
There are no plans to appoint an ambassador to Cuba because of the expected condemnation by some US Senators. Jeffrey DeLaurentis, chief of the mission, will serve as an upgraded charge d’affaires.
Normalizing diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba brings to a close 50 years of cold war induced animosity. There are still some barriers between the countries. Travel is easier, but is subject to some restrictions. The fate of lifting the embargo is left to the US Congress to decide; however, business interests are encouraging an end, which could hold sway in the Republican dominated House of Representatives.
US Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla), son of Cuban émigrés, has been one of President Barack Obama’s critics in the normalizing of relations with Cuba. The Florida senator, who is one of over fifteen Republicans vying for nomination to run for president, inferred that if elected president he would reverse the decision opening the embassy, which would plunge the US and Cuba backwards into an archaic era with little relevance in the 21st century.
As the embassies open, the Cuban flag will join other nations in the US State Department lobby. State Department spokesperson John Kirby said hanging the flag marks the re-opening of the Cuban embassy in Washington. The lobby features the flags of more than 150 other countries placed in alphabetical order, reported by the Sun Herald.
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