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US-Cuba: diplomatic relations formally restored

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By Euronews  with AP, APTN, Reuters
US-Cuba: diplomatic relations formally restored

<p>After 54 years, the United States and Cuba have formally restored full diplomatic relations.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Après 54 ans de froid, Etats-Unis et Cuba ont officiellement rouvert leurs ambassades <a href="http://t.co/1W4tlUXUaf">http://t.co/1W4tlUXUaf</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/D%C3%A9tente?src=hash">#Détente</a> <a href="http://t.co/qg0GuRZ2Sj">pic.twitter.com/qg0GuRZ2Sj</a></p>— Sébastien Tronche (@S_Tronche) <a href="https://twitter.com/S_Tronche/status/623007825195892736">20 Juillet 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Etats-Unis et Cuba rouvrent officiellement leurs ambassades <a href="http://t.co/7LzCR8S61L">http://t.co/7LzCR8S61L</a> par <a href="https://twitter.com/ahgamboa"><code>ahgamboa</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AFP?src=hash">#AFP</a> <a href="http://t.co/hmoRUjzcZp">pic.twitter.com/hmoRUjzcZp</a></p>&mdash; Agence France-Presse (</code>afpfr) <a href="https://twitter.com/afpfr/status/623037635653603329">20 Juillet 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The hugely symbolic event has raised hopes and expectations in Havana: “For us, this is significant,” one man told reporters, “it’s important. I think it’s a decisive step towards normalising relations. As Cubans, we welcome this and are waiting to see what will happen from this point onwards.”</p> <h3>Cuba-US relations: a boost for trade?</h3> <p>Cubans are hoping the new era will give their country an economic boost. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Cuba's millennials are untethered from the ideals of the past and ready to meet the world. <a href="http://t.co/ormxroDTOZ">http://t.co/ormxroDTOZ</a> <a href="http://t.co/PS6D2ROrfI">pic.twitter.com/PS6D2ROrfI</a></p>— Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) <a href="https://twitter.com/ForeignPolicy/status/622783749604921345">19 Juillet 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>However, a US economic embargo remains in place and can only be lifted by a vote in Congress.</p> <h3>Lingering disputes</h3> <p>The historic thaw in relations is also overshadowed by lingering disputes.Dozens of dissidents were arrested on Sunday during a regular march by the group known as the “Ladies in White” calling on the Cuban government to release its political prisoners.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">About 70 Ladies in White and Activists Arrested Sunday / 14ymedio <a href="http://t.co/vwh5Rjmb9g">http://t.co/vwh5Rjmb9g</a> <a href="http://t.co/gtzXELzM6k">pic.twitter.com/gtzXELzM6k</a></p>— Translating Cuba (@TranslatingCuba) <a href="https://twitter.com/TranslatingCuba/status/623012070661820416">20 Juillet 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>