Spring recalls 'surreal moment' when U.S., Cuba began to normalize relations

Weber Shandwick's global corporate practice chair moderated a panel at the Concordia Summit on Monday on the diplomacy used to break the icy relationship between the U.S. and Cuba.

L-R: DeLaurentis, Ortega y Alamino, and Spring. (Photo credit: Sean Czarnecki)
L-R: DeLaurentis, Ortega y Alamino, and Spring. (Photo credit: Sean Czarnecki)

NEW YORK: Weber Shandwick global corporate practice chair Micho Spring recalled the simultaneous announcement in late 2014 by the U.S. and Cuba that they would normalize relations a "surreal moment" for people whose lives were affected by the diplomatic gridlock.

The Cuba-born Spring moderated a panel on Monday at the Concordia Summit featuring Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, charge d’affaires at the U.S. embassy in Cuba, and Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, former archbishop of San Cristobal de la Habana. The latter served as courier and liaison, personally shuttling messages from Pope Francis to U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban counterpart Raúl Castro, in the months before the announcement.

Spring traveled to Havana in March at the invitation of the White House during President Barack Obama’s historic trip to the island nation and was on-site during the flag-raising ceremony at the residence of the U.S. ambassador.

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