Obama Nominates Career Diplomat as U.S. Ambassador to Cuba

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 05:37 PM

WASHINGTON, Sept 27 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated career diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis to be the first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years.

Obama's appointment of DeLaurentis, who has been the top American official at the U.S. embassy in Havana since relations with the communist-ruled island were restored last year, sets up what is expected to be a fierce confirmation battle in Congress during a presidential election year. (Reporting By Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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