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U.S.-Cuba announcement expected Wednesday

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 01:31

The Obama administration to announce on Wednesday it has reached an agreement with Cuba to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic relations. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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On Wednesday the Obama administration will announce it has reached an agreement with Cuba to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic relations. The formal unveiling of a deal would fulfill a pledge the former Cold War rivals made little more than six months ago when U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced a historic diplomatic opening. The two leaders met in Panama in April. A senior Administration official says President Barack Obama, in Washington, and Secretary of State John Kerry, in Vienna for Iran nuclear talks, will both address the issue. A similar announcement is likely to be made by Cuba's Communist government Kerry is likely to travel to Havana during the week of July 20 for a flag-raising ceremony to reopen the American embassy. Both countries can now upgrade their so-called interests sections in Havana and Washington into full-blown embassies, with ambassadors to be appointed later. Restoration of relations would be the latest phase in a normalization process, which is expected to move slowly because of lingering problems over issues such as Cuba's human rights record. A U.S. embargo will remain in place, and only Congress can lift it.

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U.S.-Cuba announcement expected Wednesday

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 01:31