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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Flag raising at US Embassy in Cuba will mark start of relationship-building efforts

When the stars and stripes run up the flagpole Friday at the U.S. Embassy in Havana for the first time in nearly 55 years, it will officially mark the end of the Cold War in the Caribbean and the beginning of the really tough work of trying to forge a normal relationship between the United States and Cuba. As part of a thaw that was announced Dec. 17, the two countries established diplomatic relations on July 20 and both nations converted their diplomatic missions from interests sections to full-fledged embassies. Cuba raised its flag at its Washington embassy the first day diplomatic ties were restored, but the United States is waiting until Friday, when Secretary of State John Kerry...

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