Cuba is one of 59 nations without an American ambassador.
Not even Slovenia, Melania Trump’s homeland, has a U.S. ambassador, a State Department report shows.
The Trump administration has also failed to fill an additional eight ambassadorial posts, including:
- USASEAN (U.S. Mission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Jakarta)
- U.S. Mission to the UN in Geneva
- U.S. Representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris
- Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna
- UN Human Rights Council in Geneva
- United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in Paris
- U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York
The 59 nations without U.S. ambassadors include:
Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cote D’Ivoire, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, Gambia, Georgia, Guyana, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Jamaica, Jordan, Kiribati, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Malta, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nauru, Pakistan, Panama, Oatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Sudan, Sweden, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United Mexican States, Uzbekistan and Venezuela.
Some diplomats are political appointees. Others are career Foreign Service Officers. According to the State Department:
Joining the Foreign Service is a career opportunity of a lifetime, but it isn’t the right lifestyle for everyone. While some people might find the career challenging, exciting and rewarding, others will see it as a less-than-perfect match.
The State Department has created a quiz for people interested in seeing if they might be suited for the Foreign Service.