US locals welcome reopening of Cuba’s embassy in Washington DC
WASHINGTON – Locals in the United States welcomed the reopening of the Cuba’s embassy in Washington D.C. in an interview with CCTV in the country’s capital city.
US President Obama formally announced on July 1 that his country and Cuba have both agreed to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals on July 20 following more than a half-century of hostilities between the two nations.
The current Cuban Interests Section on 16th Street in the Adams Morgan neighborhood in Washington DC will become the Cuban Embassy on the scheduled day.
The building was originally constructed in 1917 as the Cuban embassy, and served in that capacity until the US severed relations with Cuba in 1961.
Locals have not been noticing the old building in the street over years. But they said with one voice that they supported the upcoming reopening of both embassies in each other’s capitals in the interview.
“The people are innocent. They live on the island. They have been isolated. It’s part of our history. The children know about Cuba, but they don’t know the culture. There is a lot of rich music and even old cars that our children have never seen,” said Myron, a local resident.
“I like the normalization of the relations. I just think it’s good,” said Chris, another local resident. -Reuters