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US appoints Jeffrey DeLaurentis as first Cuban Ambassador in 55 years

Sep 28, 2016 11:24 IST

The United States on 27 September 2016 appointed its first Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis to Cuba in 55. The two countries broke off relations in 1961 after the communist revolution.

He was appointed to the post by President Barack Obama, who said that it was a step towards a more normal and productive relationship. He said that there was no better qualified public servant.

But this appointment will need an approval from the Republican-led Senate, which has opposed to his dealings with the communist island.

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The new ambassador DeLaurentis had been working at the new US embassy in Havana, which opened since 2014. He served in Havana during the transition period between the two nations which includes re-opening of embassies in Washington and Havana. This was followed by resuming travel and trade relations on a limited basis.

About Cuba

Cuba is a unitary sovereign state comprising the island of Cuba as well as Isla de la Juventud and several minor archipelagos. Cuba is located in the northern Caribbean where the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic Ocean meet.

It is south of both the US state of Florida and the Bahamas, west of Haiti, and north of Jamaica. Havana is the largest city and capital. Cuba is governed by a communist type of government. A country with about 11.4 million people and speaks Spanish. Its currency is Cuban Peso and GDP per capita is 6790 dollar. Its land area is 41100 square miles.

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