Cuba announces appointment of ambassador to the U.S., José Ramón Cabañas

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Cuba has appointed an ambassador to the US—the first since 1961—as part of the ongoing thaw in relations between the two countries. His name is José Ramón Cabañas, a veteran diplomat who has run Cuba’s Interests Section in Washington since 2012.

[Mr. Cabañas] was received at the White House with 15 other new diplomats from other countries. Washington has yet to make an announcement about who will serve as its new ambassador in Havana.

The announcement comes ahead of a visit to Cuba by Pope Francis and days before Cuban President Raul Castro goes to New York to address the United Nations.

His visit will mark the first time a president of Cuba has publically set foot on American soil since 1995 when President Fidel Castro, his older brother spoke before the UN.

[. . .] Mr. Cabanas [Cabañas] is a career diplomat trained in Havana. He served as vice minister of foreign relations and has occupied various high level posts in several countries.

For full article, see http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-34286936

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