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Officials Prep For Cuban Embassy Reopening In D.C.

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – In Washington, D.C. the Cuban interests section that handled consular affairs and other diplomatic matters in the absence of an embassy will once again become the Cuban embassy.

In preparation for the historic event, the building on NW 16th Street in our Nation's Capital has been spruced up with fresh paint, a new fence and a new flag pole where soon the Cuban flag will be flown.

"The new stage will begin a long and complex road towards normalization of relations," said Cuban leader Raul Castro as he addressed Cuba's National Assembly.

It was his first public comments since President Barack Obama announced the U.S. and Cuba will re-establish diplomatic relations.

"Americans and Cubans alike are ready to move forward," said the president.

On July 1st, President Obama said the United States planned to open an embassy in Havana. Cuba will open their own in Washington D.C location after more than 50 years.

"This is a major step in the effort to normalize relations with the Cuban government and people and begin a new chapter with our neighbors in the Americas," said the president.

This will be the first time the U.S. has had diplomatic relations with Cuba since 1961 but many say Fidel Castro's past deeds cannot be overlooked and that it's wrong to reward his regime. However, others believe it's time for a change.

Soon there will be a new chapter in the history books. The reopening ceremony in Washington, D.C. is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.

As of Monday, the U.S interests section in Havana will be upgraded to an embassy as well. A reopening ceremony is being scheduled on a later date. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to be in Havana for that.

Despite the openings, the president has been very clear there are many other changes that need to take place and he has called on Congress to end the embargo.

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