Monday, October 3, 2022

Migration expert to head US embassy in Cuba

Havana ( Associated Press) — The United States has appointed its new representative in Havana Benjamin Ziff, a career diplomat who in his last assignment was in charge of the State Department’s regional migration area.

A note on the official page of diplomatic headquarters on the island published Monday details the appointment, which comes amid a record number of departures by Cubans arriving or reaching the United States via the border with Mexico. intend to carry. A dangerous path crossing the Strait of Florida.

In the fiscal year that ran from October 1 to June, officials in that North American nation encountered more than 150,000 Cubans within the country’s borders, as the United States Customs and Border Protection Service reports. Compared to the entire Mariel migration crisis in 1980 when 125,000 islanders left.

Ziff will replace Timothy Zuniga-Brown as the Charge d’Affaires, which is currently the most important position between the two countries, whose relations have been severely affected since 2017, when Washington also accused of making strange sound attacks. Almost all its personnel were withdrawn from the island.

The invasions could never be verified, but then President Donald Trump began a bitter confrontation with Havana, approving more than 200 measures that tightened sanctions and pressured the island to change political models. But demanded to create economic suffocation.

Most of these measures are still in place, and his successor, Joe Biden, only lifted the flight ban and resumed some lines of consular service such as family reunions. The remittances which were also authorized have not yet been recieved.

According to a resume posted by the United States Embassy, ​​Ziff was the Director of Migration for the State Department’s Western Hemisphere Office. He also served as Deputy Head of Mission in Spain and Deputy Under Secretary of State for the Office of European Affairs, responsible for relations with the Nordic and Baltic countries.

In Latin America, it had diplomatic offices in Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Panama. He also served in Israel. Ziff is a native of California and her post runs through July 14.

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