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1961:  Earle Perez Friman became chief of the intelligence “Centro” within the Cuban Embassy in Uruguay.  He was also the only Cuban diplomat who worked directly with the Uruguayan Foreign Ministry. Cultural Attaché Eduardo Hernandez Gispert replaced Perez as “Centro” chief at the end of his tour.

1973:  Following the return to civilian leadership, Argentina reopened diplomatic ties with Cuba. That June, the two nations signed a trade agreement and commerce soared. These mutually beneficial commercial ties prompted Cuba to suspend its support for Argentine revolutionary groups.

1991:  Chairman Vladimir Kryuchkov, head of the Russian foreign intelligence service – the KGB – visited Havana in an effort to strengthen further the intelligence ties between the two nations. Two months later, however, Kryuchkov was a key participant in the failed August 1991 coup against Mikhail Gorbachev.  He was later imprisoned until a 1994 amnesty.

2004:  Directorate of Intelligence (DI) Officer Jorge Luis Mayo Fernandez arrived in Argentina and began his tour as the Deputy Chief of Mission.


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