In a historic moment, the US raised its national flag at its new Embassy in Cuba after a gap of over five decades on Friday, marking the end of one of the last vestige of the Cold War.
The US and Cuba officially restored their diplomatic ties last month with reopening of the Cuban Embassy in Washington.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, who specially flew for this occasion became the first top American diplomat to visit Cuba after 1945, described as another historic moment.
“This truly is a memorable occasion, a day for pushing aside old barriers and exploring new possibilities and it is in that spirit that I say on behalf of my country,” Kerry said.
In his remarks, Kerry said despite restoration of diplomatic ties, leaders in Havana and the Cuban people should also know that the US always remain a champion of democratic principles and reforms.
“Like many other governments in and outside this hemisphere, we will continue to urge the Cuban government to fulfil its obligations under the UN and Inter-American human rights covenants, obligations shared by the United States and every other country in the Americas,” he said.