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A dozen diplomats from the US Interests Section in Cuba, including the mission chief, Jose Cabañas, attended a small ceremony to place the mast -without raising the flag yet- outside the building, which will become the embassy of Cuba in the United States after reaching a bilateral agreement.
The officials sang the Cuban national anthem and applauded when workers raised the mast outside the building, located in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, about three kilometers from the White House. 
Journalists and onlookers crowded outside the fence that separates the future embassy of the street, in a brief ceremony.
The Cuban government also plans to change the sign at the entrance, which now reads "Embassy of Switzerland, Interests Section of Cuba" because that country has served as a protective power between the US and Cuba since they broke off diplomatic relations, in 1961.


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