Castro confirms US, Cuba to restore diplomatic ties

 Cuba`s President Raul Castro confirmed in a letter to US President Barack Obama on Wednesday that Washington and Havana will reopen embassies as early as July 20.

Castro confirms US, Cuba to restore diplomatic ties

Washington: Cuba`s President Raul Castro confirmed in a letter to US President Barack Obama on Wednesday that Washington and Havana will reopen embassies as early as July 20.

"I am pleased to address this letter to you to confirm that Cuba has decided to reestablish diplomatic relations with the United States and open permanent diplomatic missions in our respective countries, on July 20, 2015," the missive says. 

"In making this decision, Cuba is encouraged by the reciprocal intention to develop respectful and cooperative relations between our two peoples and governments."

Castro wrote that Havana is "inspired by the principles and purposes enshrined in the United Nations Charter and International Law," including "the development of friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and cooperation in solving international problems and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all."

A separate Cuban government statement said Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez would lead a delegation at the reopening of the Cuban embassy in Washington.

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