Cuba appoints Cabanas as U.S. ambassador, the first person to take the position since 1961. He is received by President Obama with 15 other new diplomats from other countries. The U.S. has yet to make an announcement about who will serve as its new ambassador in Havana.
We never had the flagpole in the place where it is now, because it was on the top of the house. And it’s the first time ever, we had the flag pole outside, and the meaning is different….We’re finally recognizing each other as states, as sovereign countries. And for anyone, any citizen in the world, the use of his own flag is very important and meaningful.
The United States and Cuba restore diplomatic relations after half a century. The Cuban embassy opens in Washington, and a Cuban flag is added to the lobby of the State Department. Presidents Castro and Obama mark the relationship with a letter exchange. Secretary of State Kerry will visit Cuba later in the summer to formally raise the flag there:
Nothing is more futile than trying to live in the past. We’re taking a historic and long overdue step in the right direction.
Outside of the Cuban embassy, crowds of people cheered as the Cuban national anthem plays while three Cuban soldiers stood at attention while the flag was raised. One protester is removed by police.
The United States and Cuba plan to officially seal the renewal of diplomatic ties, includes the reopening of embassies in Washington and Havana for the first time in more than half-a-century. Two senior administration officials say they expect the public announcement July 1.
We will formally announce tomorrow that the United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to re-establish formal diplomatic relations and open embassies in each other’s capitals. We expect President Obama and Secretary Kerry to address this publicly tomorrow morning.
The NBA holds a four day basketball camp for Cuba’s men and women National basketball team and a youth camp in Havana. the first professional sports team to visit Havana since the declaration of detente of the Cold War enemies. The training camp’s aim is top-level Cuban players as well as children and teenagers. It features Utah Jazz coach Snyder and Orlando Magic coach James Borrego, among others. Cuban Basketball Federation Chairman:
It’s magnificent that the NBA and FIBA are working on training youth and the development of this sport in our country in a way that will benefit the future of this sport at a national and international level
Obama recommends that US government reverse its long-standing policy designating Cuba a state sponsor of international terrorism. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest:
As the President has said, we will continue to have differences with the Cuban government, but our concerns over a wide range of Cuba’s policies and actions fall outside the criteria that is relevant to whether to rescind Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism…That determination is based on the statutory standard – and the facts – and those facts have led the President to declare his intention to rescind Cuba’s State Sponsor of Terrorism designation.