Embassy of Cuba in Washington, D.C.

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Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Washington, D.C.jpg
The embassy after its reopening in 2015.
LocationWashington, D.C., United States
Coordinates38°55′27″N 77°02′13″W / 38.9242°N 77.037°W / 38.9242; -77.037Coordinates: 38°55′27″N 77°02′13″W / 38.9242°N 77.037°W / 38.9242; -77.037
AmbassadorJosé Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez (since 2015)[1]

The Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. is the diplomatic mission of Cuba to the United States of America. It is located at 2630 16th Street Northwest, in the Adams Morgan neighborhood.[2] The building was originally constructed in 1917 as the Cuban embassy,[3] and served in that capacity until the United States severed relations with Cuba in 1961.[4] On July 1, 2015, US President Barack Obama announced the formal restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.[5] The building resumed its role as the Cuban Embassy on July 20, 2015.[6]


From 1977 to 2015, the former Cuban Embassy housed the Cuban Interests Section in the United States. The interests section was staffed by Cubans and operated independently, but it was formally a section of the protecting power's embassy. From 1977 to 1991, it operated as the Cuba Interests Section of the Czechoslovak Embassy to the United States. In 1991, the post-Communist government of Czechoslovakia refused to continue its sponsorship of Cuba. From 1991 to 2015, the Cuban Interests Section operated under the Swiss Embassy.[7]

On May 19, 1979, Omega 7 detonated a bomb in the building,[8] which did more damage to the Lithuanian legation next door.[9]

Designations since 1953[edit]

Designation Period Title of representative
Embassy 1923 – January 3, 1961 Ambassador
Interests Section September 1, 1977 – July 20, 2015[note 1] Chief of Mission ad interim
Embassy July 20, 2015 – present Ambassador


  1. ^ The U.S. and Cuba did not have bilateral diplomatic relations between 1961 and 2015. During this period, the U.S. diplomatic mission in Cuba operated under the auspices of the Embassy of Switzerland.

Plenipotentiary representatives[edit]

Envoys: 1902–1923[edit]

Ambassadors: 1923–1952, 1952–1961[edit]

Chiefs of Cuban Interests Section: 1977–2015[edit]

Ambassadors: 2015-[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Diplomatic Representation for the Republic of Cuba, U.S. Department of State.
  2. ^ AfroCuba Web
  3. ^ Marshall, Serena; Stracqualursi, Veronica (July 1, 2015). "Take a Look Inside the Cuban Embassy That Will Reopen in the US". ABC News.
  4. ^ Montgomery, David (June 10, 2015). "Ready to raise the flag over the Cuban 'Embassy'…but when?". The Washington Post.
  5. ^ Davis, Julie Hirschfeld (July 1, 2015). "Announcing Cuba Embassy Deal, Obama Declares 'New Chapter'". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Spetalnik, Matt (July 20, 2015). "Cuba opens Washington embassy, urges end to embargo". Reuters.
  7. ^ Krauss, Clifford (12 February 1991). "Swiss to Sponsor Cuba's Diplomats". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Hewitt, Christopher (2005). Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology. Praeger Security International Series. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 121. ISBN 9780313334184.
  9. ^ Jonušauskas, Laurynas (2003). Likimo vedami: Lietuvos diplomatinės tarnybos egzilyje veikla 1940–1991 (in Lithuanian). Vilnius: Lietuvos gyventojų genocido ir rezistencijos tyrimo centras. pp. 303–304. ISBN 9986-757-56-8.
  10. ^ Luxner, Larry (November 2012). "Well-Wishers Host Cocktail Party for Retiring Cuban Diplomat". The Washington Diplomat. Retrieved 5 April 2013.

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