New era in ties begins as Cuba raises flag at embassy in US

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Cuban flag has been hoisted at the country’s embassy in Washington. It’s a symbolic move signaling the start of a new post-Cold War era in U.S.-Cuba relations.

Cuba’s foreign minister presided over the flag-raising ceremony Monday, hours after full diplomatic relations with the United States were restored at midnight.

Earlier, without ceremony, the Cuban flag was hung in the lobby of the State Department alongside those of other countries with which the U.S. has diplomatic ties. U.S. and Cuban diplomats in Washington and Havana noted the upgrade in social media posts.

The United States and Cuba severed diplomatic relations in 1961 and since the 1970s had been represented in each other’s capitals by limited service interests sections.

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