Ex-US diplomat looks back on 50 years of ties with Cuba

Former US diplomat Wayne Smith speaks during an interview in his office at at the Center for International Policy on July 2, 2015 in Washington, DCAs the US diplomats headed out to sea, their embassy in Havana closed but still visible on the horizon, the lights in its windows flickered. One of the travelers that day in 1961 was Wayne Smith, who would later become head of the US interests section in Cuba. Smith has had a front row seat as Cuban-American relations have evolved and now head for restoration, with the opening of embassies later this month as announced last week by Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro.

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