The United States and Cuba Officially Reopening Embassies
Today marks the change of the century, as the United States and Cuba officially reopen Embassies in each others capitals. It was announced today that an official deal has been reached, where the two countries have officially re-established diplomatic relations with one another. It has been nearly a half a century in the making, but the two countries have agreed to once again do business with one another and increase tourism and travel among its citizens.
According to officials in the United States and Cuba, July 20th [roughly 19 days] is the expected opening of the respective Embassies. The change of the century marks “an important step” towards normalizing relations between the two countries, President Barak Obama remarked while addressing the nation. “The progress we make today is another demonstration we don’t have to be imprisoned by the past,” Obama continued.
This move to stabilize relations follows a historic meeting between Obama and Cuba President Raul Castro in Panama, at the Summit of the Americas earlier this year. In another major step towards diplomatic normalization, Cuba was formally removed from the United States list of state sponsors of terrorism on May 29th of this year.
The change of the century marks a brand new beginning for the United States and Cuba, following decades of hostility after the Cold War. However, like all forms of politics, this diplomatic relationship must pass congressional approval. Opposition from certain Republican Party members is expected, though the fact that progress has been made this far is very impressive. Once the two Embassies officially open, further progress is expected to be made by the two countries.