Cuba grants visa to senior US diplomat to lead Havana embassy Feb 09, 2018 0 224 12345 REUTERSHAVANA/WASHINGTONCuba has given a visa to a senior American diplomat to lead the US embassy in Havana, a US official said, in a sign both nations want to keep open lines of communication despite a sharp deterioration in relations since President Donald Trump took office.The diplomat, Philip Goldberg, will take up the post as charge d'affaires within days, the US official said. He will head a mission that Washington stripped of many staff four months ago amid a dispute over mystery illnesses among its diplomats on the Communist-run island. He is likely to spend about six months in the position though the length of his stint is not certain, said the US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.Goldberg would be the highest ranking US foreign service officer to serve as charge d'affaires in Havana, said the US official. The fact that Washington selected a diplomat of his rank - one of the senior-most serving career US diplomats - and that Havana accepted him when it could have stalled or rejected him suggests a desire on both sides to maintain links.The US State Department declined comment. The Cuban foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Goldberg, whose selection for the job was first reported in December, has previously served as ambassador in the Philippines. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Rio's carnival gets underway with dancing -- and politics Feb 09, 2018 0 325 Bipartisan agreement could still face blowback in the House Feb 09, 2018 0 201 Top Trump aide quits after battery of allegations Feb 09, 2018 0 582 Russia meddled in US election: George W Bush REUTERS ABU DHABI Former US president George W Bush accused Russia on Thursday of meddling in the US 2016 presidential election, calling Russian President Vladimir Putin a"brilliant tactician". Bush, interviewed on .. Canadian PM reiterates on NAFTA: no deal 'better'than bad deal AFP CHICAGO CANADA'S Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated on Wednesday during a US visit that he is willing to walk away from the North American Free Trade Agreement if renegotiation fails to produce a deal he can .. Canadian sub makes first trip to Asia-Pacific in 50 years OTTAWA A Canadian submarine has crossed the Pacific to patrol off the Asian coast for the first time in nearly 50 years, the navy said on Thursday, amid heightened tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons .. Venezuela presidential vote set for April 22 CARACAS Venezuela's electoral council has set April 22 as the date for a controversial presidential election, which the opposition accuses President Nicolas Maduro of using to engineer a second term for himself. ..