US officials confirmed on Monday that diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba were reestablished and that the Interests Section was officially upgraded to an embassy.
In a press release, the US diplomatic representation points out that the event was in tune with the announcement made on July 1 by President Barak Obama.
The US Interests Section became “the Embassy of the United States in Havana and will continue its diplomatic functions from its venue on Malecon, under the leadership of Ad Interim Business Attaché Jeffrey DeLaurentis”.
The press release confirms that US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Cuban this summer to reopen the embassy in Havana and hoist the US flag, and that more details about the ceremony will be provided in the next few weeks.
For his part, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla will preside over the official ceremony to reopen the Cuban Embassy in Washington on Monday, and will meet with his US counterpart at the headquarters of the Department of State.
The head of Cuban diplomacy is heading a delegation made up of a score of personalities, including lawmakers, officials, artists, athletes and religious leaders.