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U.S. sends two officials, but no delegation, to Castro memorial

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The U.S. won’t send a formal delegation to Fidel Castro’s memorial in Cuba. But two representatives will attend the memorial, the White House said Tuesday.

Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes and Jeffrey DeLaurentis, the top U.S. diplomat in Cuba, will go to Tuesday night’s memorial, Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

Rhodes helped negotiate the diplomatic opening between the U.S. and Cuba announced on Dec. 17, 2014. President Barack Obama nominated DeLaurentis in September to be U.S. ambassador in Cuba. He has been the embassy chief since it reopened in July 2015.

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Photo credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP

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