The United States flag hoisted at the embassy in Havana

The United States flag hoisted at the embassy in Havana
US Secretary of State John Kerry this afternoon opened the embassy in Cuba. The American flag was hoisted again, 54 years after the embassy was closed.

John Kerry landed today in Havana, as the first American minister since 1945. In the historic ceremony Kerry emphasized that we are now seeing a new period of relations between the two countries.

- There have been too many decades of suspicions and harsh words between our two countries, and this period is now replaced with cooperation, said Foreign Minister Kerry in his speech which was broadcasted live by news agencies worldwide.

But he also stressed that the United States will always pursue democratic reforms and human rights.

According to Kerry, Cubans should also get to choose their own leaders, and the civil society should be strengthened in Cuba.

The American flag was thus hoisted at the embassy building in Havana this afternoon.

It was done by the three same Marines who lowered the flag on 4th of January 1961, when the United States broke all relations with Cuba.

- I will love to see the flag hoisted again, said former Marine sergeant Jim Tracy to AFP before the ceremony.

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