After 50 years of absence on the Caribbean island, the US President Barack Obama appointed the first US ambassador to Cuba. It is Jeffrey DeLaurentis, who had already been I charge of affairs in Havana and head of the delegation for the negotiations towards the normalization of the US-Cuba relations, announced Obama, who said he was “proud of appointing the first ambassador” after half a century of tensions between the two countries. “The ambassador’s appointment is a step required by the good sense to more productive and normal relations between our two countries,” US president added in a note.
DeLaurentis is already in Havana, but his appointment may face difficulties in the Congress with regard to the necessary ratification of the Senate, where the Cuban-American members – with Senator of Florida Marco Rubio and that of Texas, Ted Cruz, in the frontline, who strongly oppose it before the fall of Castro’s regime. “My family – said the Texan senator of Cuban descent, following the announcement of Obama’s visit to the island – had a first-hand experience of the oppression and wickedness” of their regime. Also the other former candidate for the Republican nomination of Cuban origin, Marco Rubio, declared on that occasion that he would never travel to Cuba as long as the regime is in power: “It is not a free Cuba – he said – the problem with the Cuban government is not only the fact that it is a communist dictatorship, but also that it is an anti-American communist dictatorship. I want the relationship to change, but the effort must be mutual,” he concluded.