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Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez sat down for an interview with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt in Havana after the historic flag-raising ceremony at the U.S. embassy Friday.

In the extended interview, Rodriguez he felt there was "real momentum" to continued negotiating and substantial exchanges "on an equal footing."

Rodriguez said the countries are facing a challenge to build a new kind of bilateral relations different from any the two countries have had in the past. The two men spoke of the issue of the U.S. embargo, Guantanamo and human rights and dissidents in Cuba.

Rodriguez said he wasn't surprised that this day had come, "We are looking for a just, normal, equal (relationship), for the benefit of both people."