President Obama has nominated the highest ranking U.S. Diplomat in Cuba as the first U.S. Ambassador in more than a half century following increased efforts over the past two years to improve diplomatic and business ties with the island nation. Jeffrey DeLaurentis, the U.S. charge d’affairs and head of the U.S. mission in Havana since 2014, will now seek confirmation before the Senate, a body that still has deep reservations about the administration’s Cuba policy.
A copy of President Obama’s press release can be found here. To learn more about NAEGA’s involvement in promoting increased commercial ties with Cuba through the U.S. Agricultural Coalition for Cuba (USACC), please click here.