U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has welcomed Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez to Washington, marking the historic restoration of diplomatic ties between former Cold War foes severed more than five decades ago. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez at the State Department in Washington on Monday (July 20), to mark the historic restoration of diplomatic ties between former Cold War foes severed more than five decades ago. Kerry and Rodriguez had a photo opp after the formal reopening of the Communist state's embassy, a hugely symbolic step in the thaw between the countries initiated by President Barack Obama and Cuba's President Raul Castro in December. Rodriguez, the first Cuban foreign minister to visit Washington since around the time of the Cuban Revolution, was expected to have a substantive discussion with Kerry instead of "just a passing handshake," State Department spokesman John Kirby said. The Cuban flag was raised over its mission in Washington for the first time in 54 years. While the U.S. embassy in Havana was reopened, no American flag will fly there until Kerry visits to preside over a ceremony, U.S. officials said on Friday. He is expected to travel there in August.