U.S. Reopens Embassy in Cuba After More Than 50 Years
The United States officially reopened its embassy on Monday, while Cuba raised its flag outside its newly reopened embassy in Washington, D.C. The move followed months of negotiations that led to the restoration of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
Last December, President Barack Obama ordered the restoration of full diplomatic relations with the island nation as well as the reopening of the U.S. embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century. Obama promised to “cut loose the shackles of the past” and eliminate one of the last vestiges of the cold war.
The move eased travel restrictions and expanded the amount of Cuban goods, such as cigars and rum, that visiting Americans could take home.
The changes on Monday mean that Cuban citizens will be able to visit the embassy with greater ease to obtain interviews and appointments with officials in order to obtain U.S. visas.
Cuba is roughly 90 miles from the Florida keys.
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