US-Cuba: diplomatic relations formally restored

US-Cuba: diplomatic relations formally restored
By Euronews with AP, APTN, Reuters
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button
Copy/paste the article video embed link below:Copy to clipboardCopied

After 54 years, the United States and Cuba have formally restored full diplomatic relations. Après 54 ans de froid, Etats-Unis et Cuba ont

ADVERTISEMENT

After 54 years, the United States and Cuba have formally restored full diplomatic relations.

Après 54 ans de froid, Etats-Unis et Cuba ont officiellement rouvert leurs ambassades http://t.co/1W4tlUXUaf#Détentepic.twitter.com/qg0GuRZ2Sj

— Sébastien Tronche (@S_Tronche) 20 Juillet 2015

Etats-Unis et Cuba rouvrent officiellement leurs ambassades http://t.co/7LzCR8S61L par 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 (afpfr) 20 Juillet 2015

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.”

Cuba-US relations: a boost for trade?

Cubans are hoping the new era will give their country an economic boost.

Cuba's millennials are untethered from the ideals of the past and ready to meet the world. http://t.co/ormxroDTOZpic.twitter.com/PS6D2ROrfI

— Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) 19 Juillet 2015

However, a US economic embargo remains in place and can only be lifted by a vote in Congress.

Lingering disputes

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.

About 70 Ladies in White and Activists Arrested Sunday / 14ymedio http://t.co/vwh5Rjmb9gpic.twitter.com/gtzXELzM6k

— Translating Cuba (@TranslatingCuba) 20 Juillet 2015

Share this articleComments

You might also like

Government claims strong turnout in Cuba Assembly vote

'Immense suffering': US Vice President calls for Gaza ceasefire

Trump moves closer to Republican nomination