Today, James Williams, the President of Engage Cuba, a leading coalition of private companies and businesses working to lift the embargo, applauded President Obama's nomination of Jeffrey DeLaurentis to be the first U.S. Ambassador to Cuba in over 50 years.
"We're very pleased President Obama has nominated Jeffrey DeLaurentis to be the first Ambassador to Cuba in over 50 years. Ambassador DeLaurentis has played a vital role in strengthening the relations between our two nations as Chief of Mission in Havana for the past two years. His career of foreign service and extensive experience in Latin America and Cuba make him exceptionally well-qualified to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Cuba," said President of Engage Cuba, James Williams. "As we continue to engage the Cuban people and advance U.S. interests in Cuba, it is vital that we appoint an Ambassador to our island neighbor. We hope that the Senate will hold a hearing to give Mr. DeLaurentis the consideration he has earned."