US, Cuba diplomatic posts witnessed decades of Cold War drama

The US Interests Section in Havana, due to become the US embassy, has long been the target of anti-American protests, including a 2006 rally against former US president George BushThe buildings that will become US and Cuban embassies in their neighbor’s respective capitals on July 20 have seen over five decades of Cold War protests, provocations and strains. Now, with the longtime enemies finally putting aside all that enmity, Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro have exchanged letters agreeing to restore full diplomatic ties. Not far from the White House in the US capital, a three-story limestone structure was erected in 1916 to serve as the “Legation of the Republic of Cuba.” It began operating the following year.

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