Obama names first am­bas­sador to Cuba in five decades

The Myanmar Times - - World -

The United States has tapped Jef­frey DeLau­ren­tis, Amer­ica’s top diplo­mat in Ha­vana, to be­come the first of­fi­cial am­bas­sador to Cuba in five decades. The ap­point­ment of an am­bas­sador is a com­mon­sense step for­ward to­ward a more nor­mal and pro­duc­tive re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two coun­tries, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama said. Obama and Cuban Pres­i­dent Raul Cas­tro an­nounced a thaw in re­la­tions in De­cem­ber 2014. The two coun­tries re­stored full diplo­matic re­la­tions in July 2015. Since then, Wash­ing­ton and Ha­vana have taken steps to mend ties.

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Jef­frey DeLau­ren­tis is the new US am­bas­sador to Cuba.

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