U.S., Cuba reopen embassies – signal historic milestone in removing barriers – says President of Guyana Cuba Solidarity Movement

Source:  Guyana Chronicle Online
July 22 2015

haleem khan 3THE resumption of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States has signaled a historic milestone in the official thaw that President Barack Obama set in motion last year as the United States reopened its six-story embassy in Havana on Monday, and Cuba raised a flag outside its own stately embassy in Washington, according to President of the Guyana Cuba Solidarity Movement (GCSM), Haleem Khan.Underscoring the culmination of months of negotiations to overcome decades of enmity, Khan said Cuba is still rallying against the United States’ travel restrictions, trade embargo and presence at the military base at Guantánamo Bay.

The GCSM President noted that even with continuing friction, the reopening of embassies in each other’s capitals provided the most concrete symbols yet of what has been achieved after more than two years of negotiations between governments that had long shunned each other.

Cuba will reopen its embassy in Washington after 54 years. | Photo: Reuters

The opening of the embassies is but one-step in the process of strengthening the relationship between the two countries, the White House has maintained. The U.S. removed Cuba from the State Department’s state sponsors of terror list in May, and President Obama personally met with Raul Castro at the Summit of the Americas, which was the first in-person meeting of American and Cuban leaders since the diplomatic ties were severed.

Source:  U.S., Cuba reopen embassies – signal historic milestone in removing barriers – says President of Guyana Cuba Solidarity Movement  Guyana Chronicle Online

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