The United States and Cuba quietly ushered in a new era of post-Cold War relations on Monday, formally restoring diplomatic ties severed more than five decades ago and re-establishing embassies in each other's capitals.
Just past the stroke of midnight, the two countries reached a new milestone in the historic thaw that began with a breakthrough announcement by US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro on Dec. 17.
Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez
will preside around 10:30 a.m. (1430 GMT) over the raising of the Cuban flag for the first time in 54 years over a mansion that will again serve as Havana's embassy in Washington
The hugely symbolic event will be followed by a meeting at the State Department between Secretary of State John Kerry
and Rodriguez, the first Cuban foreign minister on an official visit to Washington since the 1959 Cuban Revolution.