U.S. does not expect announcement on Cuba embassy before summit

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Posted: Apr 07, 2015 10:10 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday it does not expect a formal announcement of when the United States and Cuba will re-open embassies in their respective countries before a hemispheric summit this week.

"I would not anticipate that we would be formalizing the opening of embassies at the summit," Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said at a briefing before President Barack Obama's travel to Jamaica and Panama.

Rhodes said a State Department review on whether to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of terrorism-sponsoring nations is near completion but he cannot predict when it will make a recommendation.

(Reporting by Matt Spetalnick and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Lisa Lambert)