NBC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 01, 1977
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(Studio) United States diplomats reopening embassy in Havana, Cuba, find Coca-Cola machine selling drinks for 5.; it's been that long since 2 ntns. have had direct relations Reconciliation now underway.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Havana, Cuba) Report on reception at United States embassy in Havana and details of informal capacity of United States diplomats, under mission chief Lyle Lane. Remarks of Lane and Cuban deputy foreign minister Pelegrin Torras noted. American diplomatic community doesn't expect much action on Cuban-United States relations until United States solves treaty problems with Panama.
REPORTER: Fred Francis
(DC) Large part of Washington, DC diplomatic community turns out for welcome for Cubans; United States representative is Undersecretary State Philip Habib. Short speeches are made by Habib and Cuban mission chief. [HABIB - notes that direct dialogue now possible between 2 ntns.] [Cuban mission chief Ramon SANCHEZ-PARODI - notes Cuba's view that United States trade embargo must be lifted before full relations restored.] Cuban delegation incls. high-ranking member of Castro's intelligence organization, Teofilo Acosta, who worked at UN. Cubans will handle bus. out of Czech embassy for while, before moving to old Cuban embassy.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani