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The United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to re-open embassies and restore formal diplomatic relations after more than 50 years, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.
In a statement, the Cuban government said the countries would re-open embassies in each other's capitals on July 20. A U.S. official told Reuters no date had yet been set for Secretary of State John Kerry to travel to Cuba and open the embassy.
Speaking from the White House on Wednesday, Obama called the move "yet another demonstration that we don't have to be imprisoned by the past."
"Our efforts to isolate Cuba, despite our good intentions, increasingly had the opposite effect," Obama said.