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Another step to normalize relations with Cuba is announced by the President.

FOX News Radio's Jon Decker has more from the White House:

A month after taking Cuba off the State Department list of state sponsors of terrorism, the President announced that the U.S. and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in Washington and Havana on or about July 20th.

(President Obama) "Nobody expects Cuba to be transformed overnight. But I believe that American engagement -- through our embassy, our businesses, and most of all, through our people -- is the best way to advance our interests and support for democracy and human rights."

Several Republican presidential candidates have criticized the President's move, saying it further legitimizes the brutal regime of Fidel and Raul Castro.

At the White House, Jon Decker, FOX News Radio.

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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