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291. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Cuba1

822. Castro visit here considered very successful by Dihigo and attitude and remarks of accompanying officials would indicate they share this view. Castro cordially received on all sides and visit followed with much interest by press and general public. Dept gave all possible assistance when asked and pleased there were no untoward incidents. Offer was made to Dihigo to furnish liaison officer to accompany official party as suggested by Amb. Bonsal but was declined with thanks. Castro not particularly enthusiastic or expansive in his statements re Cuban alignment with U.S. in cold war and against communism and sidestepped other questions. Preliminary evaluation2 visit pouched today.

Herter
  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 033.3711/4–2259. Confidential. Drafted by Stevenson, cleared with Little and Anderson, and approved by Wieland who signed for Herter.
  2. Presumably the memorandum infra.