Washington and Havana Formally Restores Diplomatic Relations After 54 Years

Posted: 2:17 pm  EDT
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According to history.state.gov, the United States remained in Cuba as an occupying power until the Republic of Cuba was formally installed on May 19, 1902 following the defeat of Spain in 1898.  On May 20, 1902, the United States relinquished its occupation authority over Cuba, but claimed a continuing right to intervene in Cuba. Diplomatic relations and the U.S. Legation in Havana were established on May 27, 1902, when U.S. Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary Herbert Goldsmith Squiers presented his credentials to the Government of the Republic of Cuba.  Following an act of Congress, the U.S. Legation in Havana, Cuba, was raised to Embassy status on February 10, 1923, when General Enoch H. Crowder was appointed Ambassador. The United States severed diplomatic relations with Cuba on January 3, 1961, citing unwarranted action by the Government of Cuba that placed crippling limitations on the ability of the United States Mission to carry on its normal diplomatic and consular functions.

Today, after over 50 years, a new day. For once, instead of boots on the ground, diplomatic negotiations and engagement made this day possible. It appears that we have rediscovered the non-coercive instruments of statecraft (as Ambassador Chas Freeman spoke about so eloquently), that persuaded the Cubans that they can benefit by working with us rather than against us. A big shout-out to our diplomats who labored so hard to get us here!

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One response

  1. Remains to be seen when the other foot drops, namely. . .leading to the shut down of Radio/TV Marti. One major step would be the cessation of jamming by Cuba of the Martis. It’s obvious that, at some point, the existence of the U.S. stations will have to be considered. As many who have listened to shortwave radio through the decades know, Radio Havana functioned as the voice of the communist regime, broadcasting globally, with all the hostility that entailed, and to further opposition to the U.S. embargo.