Cuba: US hurricane offer accepted

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The disaster assessment team, consisting of three-member, is set for the Cuban capital Havana, the US state department said.

Cuban President Fidel Castro confirmed that Cuba did not object to the US visit, but said the country was not appealing for international aid.

The two nations have not had diplomatic ties since Fidel Castro took power in 1959.

The US has maintained a strict economic embargo in response to Cuba’s communist policies. It rejected Havana’s offer of medical help after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in August.