New head of U.S. Interests Section in Cuba arrives in Havana

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John Caulfield

John Caulfield, the new head of the U.S. Interests Section in Cuba, arrived in Havana on Monday:

New chief US envoy to Cuba takes up sensitive post

HAVANA (AP) — A career U.S. diplomat with more than 30 years of experience has taken up the sensitive post as Washington’s top envoy to Cold War foe Cuba, U.S. government officials said Tuesday.

John Caulfield arrived in the island’s capital Monday to begin a three-year stint as chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, which Washington maintains instead of an embassy since the nations do not have diplomatic ties.

“It is an honor for me to serve President Obama and the American people in Havana,” Caulfield said in a brief statement released by the Interests Section.

“The United States and Cuba share a long and complex history. I am looking forward to getting to know Cuba and the Cuban people while advancing U.S. interests here.”

There was no immediate reaction from Cuban officials.

5 thoughts on “New head of U.S. Interests Section in Cuba arrives in Havana”

  1. I’m sorry, but Caulfield looks very ineffectual, like a non-starter, a patsy. That may be deliberate, as in, don’t make waves and keep a lid on it. I suppose he’s more or less what you’d expect this administration to send to Cuba, but he should probably have been sent someplace like Luxembourg.

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