Ahead of his trip to Havana, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. government will continue to speak out and stand for democracy in Cuba. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Ahead of his trip to Havana, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. government will continue to speak out and stand up for democracy in Cuba. In an interview with the Spanish-language TV network, Univision, on Wednesday (August 12), Kerry said he hoped the restoration of diplomatic ties with the island would gradually improve the quality of life for Cubans and their own internal politics. But he said he believes it will take time. "It isn't going to change overnight," Kerry said. "We haven't even been there to raise our flag yet. I think that as we begin the process compared to the 54 years of what has been going on, which is no progress, we will begin to see a transformation take place. More people will travel. There will be more exchange. More families will be reconnected. And hopefully, the government of Cuba will itself make decisions that will begin to change things." Kerry will be in Havana, Cuba on Friday to raise the U.S. flag for the first time in 54 years at the newly reopened U.S. embassy. While in Havana, Kerry will also meet with senior Cuban government officials. The U.S. and Cuba officially restored diplomatic relations on July 20, as part of the normalization initiative President Obama and his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro, announced in December.