Havana/Washington, July 1:
Cuba’s foreign ministry on Wednesday said it has received a message from the United States which confirms the restoration of bilateral diplomatic ties and the reopening of embassies as of July 20.
Cuba’s Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcelino Medina received a letter from US President Barack Obama, addressed to his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro, the Prensa Latina news agency reported.
The letter was delivered at the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry by the head of the US Interests Section in Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis.
In that letter, the decision to restore diplomatic relations between the two countries and to open permanent diplomatic missions in their respective capitals, from July 20, 2015, has been confirmed, according to a text from the foreign ministry.
On Tuesday, CNN quoted a White House official as saying that in Havana, the American embassy is likely to occupy the same building where the Interests Section currently operates.
That is the same structure, situated on the Havana waterfront, which housed the American embassy prior to the severing of diplomatic ties after the Cuban Revolution in the 1950s.
“We expect President Barack Obama and Secretary John Kerry to address this publicly tomorrow morning,” the official added.
The re-establishing of embassies is a final step in the full diplomatic thaw President Obama initiated in December.
Since then, the US has eased some travel restrictions to Cuba and allowed for some new economic ties.
In April, Obama met President Castro during a summit meeting in Panama, the first time the leaders of Cuba and the US had met in over 50 years.
The US officially removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terror earlier in June. (IANS)