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Kerry opens US embassy in Havana

The first American secretary of state to visit Cuba since 1945, Kerry presided over the flag-raising ceremony at the recently reopened U.S. Embassy, a symbolic act after the the two Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July.

Kerry opens US embassy in Havana
Hundreds of Cubans and visitors from other countries gather along El Malecon seafront avenue outside the newly reopened U.S. Embassy to observe the flag-raising ceremony August 14, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. The first American secretary of state to visit Cuba since 1945, Secretary of State John Kerry visited the reopened embassy, a symbolic act after the the two former Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July. (Getty Images)
Kerry opens US embassy in Havana
US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) visits the Old Havana with Havana City historian Eusebio Leal (C-L), on August 14, 2015. Cuba is ready to discuss any issue with the United States, including human rights, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla told his US counterpart John Kerry on Friday as the latter made a historic visit to the island. (AFP/Getty Images)
Kerry opens US embassy in Havana
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Havana City historian Eusebio Leal look into an old American car in Havana on August 14, 2015. Cuba is ready to discuss any issue with the United States, including human rights, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla told his US counterpart John Kerry on Friday as the latter made a historic visit to the island. (AFP/Getty Images)
Kerry opens US embassy in Havana
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) takes a closer look at a 1959 Chevy Impala owned by a cuenta propista, or Cuban entrepreneur, in San Francisco Plaza August 14, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. The first American secretary of state to visit Cuba since 1945, Kerry presided over the flag-raising ceremony at the recently reopened U.S. Embassy, a symbolic act after the the two Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July. (Getty Images)
Kerry opens US embassy in Havana
A woman makes a selfie with US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) in Havana on August 14, 2015. Cuba is ready to discuss any issue with the United States, including human rights, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla told his US counterpart John Kerry on Friday as the latter made a historic visit to the island. (AFP/Getty Images)
Kerry opens US embassy in Havana
An antique American-made automobile is parked in the old part of the city August 14, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. The first American secretary of state to visit Cuba since 1945, Secretary of State John Kerry visited the reopened U.S. Embassy in Havana, a symbolic act after the the two former Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July. (Getty Images)
Kerry opens US embassy in Havana
Streetlights appear along the Malecon seawall boulevard as the sun sets August 14, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. The origins of the Havana Carnival can be traced back to 1576 when freed slaves were given permission by the town council of Havana to participate in the procession of the Corpus Christi. (Getty Images)