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    US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Monday that he will travel to Cuba on August 14 to participate in the US embassy reopening ceremony in Havana.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Secretary Kerry made the announcement at a joint press conference with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez following their meeting at the State Department.

    “On August 14, I look forward to making my first trip as US Secretary of State to Cuba and holding a comparable ceremony at our embassy in Havana.”

    Kerry’s trip in August will be the first visit of a US secretary of state to the island since severing diplomatic ties in 1961.

    The United States and Cuba officially reestablished full diplomatic ties earlier on Monday by reopening embassies in the countries’ capitals after years of hostility.

    On Monday morning, the Department of State also rose the official Cuban flag in its headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The United States closed its embassy in Cuba after a Socialist government came to power, but kept an unofficial US Interests Section presence in the country.

    US President Barack Obama announced in December 2014 that his administration would pursue a path toward normalizing relations with Cuba.

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