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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!
BREAKING: Watch @POTUS announce that the U.S. has agreed to formally reestablish diplomatic relations with #Cuba. http://t.co/2lbPUTcuKz
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 1, 2015
Look forward to traveling to #Cuba later this summer to re-open US Embassy in Havana after 54 years.
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) July 1, 2015
July 20th is the official date on which diplomatic relations between the US & #Cuba will be restored – Sr. State Dept official
— margaret brennan (@margbrennan) July 1, 2015
When Kerry goes to #Cuba he will be 1st Secretary of State to go to Havana since U.S broke relations in 61
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) July 1, 2015
@CNN_Oppmann: Chief of US interest section in #Cuba Jeffrey DeLaurentis delivered note from note from POTUS to Raul Castro restoring ties.
— Elise Labott (@eliselabottcnn) July 1, 2015
Head of US interests section in Havana hands Obama letter to #Cuba‘s deputy FM – embassies to operate from July 20th pic.twitter.com/KONeUT6hXw
— Jon Williams (@WilliamsJon) July 1, 2015
U.S. set to open embassy in #Cuba, but who will be the ambassador? @larajakesFP @benpauker @davidcfrancis report: http://t.co/UUmBK5rwer
— Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) July 1, 2015
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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.