What Do Embassies Have To Do With Diplomacy?
President Obama has sought to re-open the U.S. embassy in Cuba to normalize relations. But how does an embassy play into diplomacy?By Christian Bryant | July 1, 2015
"Going forward, the United States will reestablish an embassy in Havana," President Obama said.
Two weeks after the U.S. removed Cuba from the state-sponsored terrorism list, a flagpole was put up in front of the Cuban Interests Section — which will probably be upgraded to the Cuban Embassy — in Washington, D.C. (Video via Al Jazeera)
The State Department defines an embassy as "the nerve center for a country's diplomatic affairs within the borders of another nation." Installing a flagpole and raising a flag is symbolic because it says, "Hey, we kind of like you! Glad we could work things out."