President Barack Obama has nominated US Ambassador in Cuba – the first in more than half a century. He proposed to appoint to this post the highest-ranking U.S. diplomat, who worked on the opening of the Embassy on Liberty Island – Jeffrey Dilaurentis. CNN notes that the purpose of the Dilaurentis for this post is unlikely until the expiration of the presidential term due to Republican opposition in the U.S. Congress.
2014 Dilaurentis is the chargé d’affaires of the USA in Cuba. The “manifestation of Jeff’s leadership was crucial throughout the process of normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, and his appointment as Ambassador is a common sense step towards a normal and more productive relations between the two countries”, – quotes the statement of the President of the Agency TASS.
The President is convinced that the presence of Cuba’s Ambassador will effectively “defend our interests” and to reach a better understanding with the local authorities under condition of preservation of disagreements with the Cuban leadership. “If approved by the Senate, I am confident that Jeff will continue to support the Cuban people and promote American interests, based on the change, which he helped to achieve,” – said the head of state.
Now the Senate Committee on foreign relations should hold hearings to Dilaurentis, after which the question of its approval of the Ambassador will be put to the vote of the whole chamber.
Previously, a number of its members, including former members of the presidential race – Republicans Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who intends to block the decision, speaking against establishing contacts with the authorities of the island.
The United States broke diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961, after the nationalization of the authorities in Havana American property on the island. At the same time Washington announced the imposition of unilateral economic and trade embargo. During the last presidential term, the U.S. has embarked on the restoration of relations: in December 2014 Obama announced the beginning of the movement towards normalization of bilateral relations and the easing of sanctions against Cuba. July 20, the U.S. and Cuba restored diplomatic relations and reopened their embassies in Havana and Washington.