Obama names first ambassador to Cuba in five decades
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.
Jeffrey DeLaurentis is the new US ambassador to Cuba.