U.S., Cuba Reboot Continues With Embassies Opening Monday

Cuba's flag is set to fly outside the country's diplomatic mission in the United States for the first time since the countries severed ties in 1961.

While no formal ceremony is planned Monday for the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, it too will become a fell-fledged embassy just after midnight.

The significance of opening the embassies is that trust and respect that you can see, both sides treating the other with trust and respect," Cuban diplomat and analyst Carlos Alzugaray added. "That doesn't mean there aren't going to be conflicts — there are bound to be conflicts — but the way that you treat the conflict has completely changed."

Cuba plans a solemn morning ceremony at its stately mission in Washington with some 500 guests, including a 30-member delegation of diplomatic, cultural and other leaders from the Caribbean nation, headed by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez. 

The U.S. government will be represented by Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson, who led U.S. negotiators in six months of talks leading to the July 1 announcement that embassies would reopen, and Jeffrey DeLaurentis, the U.S. Interests Section chief in Havana who will now become charge daffaires.

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