On 1 July, US President Barack Obama announced that the United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to re-establish normal diplomatic relations. The two countries are expected to open embassies on each other’s soil on 20 July. US Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed that he would be personally travelling to Cuba to reopen the embassy. The establishment of relations between the US and Cuba does not itself change the US sanctions toward Cuba, although the Obama administration earlier this year adopted measures relaxing certain aspects of the existing sanctions, and further changes are likely in the future. Because many of the US sanctions are prescribed by statute, a complete lifting of the US embargo against Cuba is likely to require an act of Congress.