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First U.S. Envoy Heads to Cuba to Start Normalization Talks

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When Roberta Jacobson’s plane touches down in Havana this week, she will be the highest-ranking U.S. diplomat to visit the island since President Jimmy Carter’s administration. Her job? Help restore diplomatic relations severed at the height of the Cold War.

Jacobson, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, flies to Cuba for two days of talks with Cuban counterparts on Jan. 21, little more than a month after Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro announced plans to improve ties following a prisoner swap.