At midnight today (July 20) full diplomatic relations were restored between the US and Cuba according to ABC News.
According to the article, “the diplomatic missions of each country were upgraded from interests sections to embassies“.
The Cuban flag was hung at the State Department by maintenance workers among the flags of other countries that the US has “diplomatic relations with” .
Later today, Cuban officials will have a ceremony and fly their flag over the embassy in Washington D.C. for the first time since 1961. The U.S. flag will not be raised in Havana at the embassy until August when Secretary of State John Kerry visits for a ceremony.
There are still many things to have worked out between the U.S. and Cuba, mainly the end of America’s trade embargo on the island, “mutual claims for economic reparations” and the US wanting Cuba to do better when it comes to human rights and democracy.
It seems like this is another big step in the two countries making amends.
The next thing I want to know is when tourism will be completely normalized? While visiting Cuba is much easier now, Americans still can only visit (officially) if they are visiting based on one of the authorized categories. Find out more about this from CNN.
Find out more from ABC News here.