MIAMI — A U.S. military official says Cuba will attend an annual Caribbean security conference for the first time in another sign of normal relations between the long-hostile nations.

Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly says Cuba has accepted an invitation to send a delegation to the Caribbean Nations Security Conference. The three-day event co-hosted by U.S. Southern Command will be this month in Jamaica. Most countries in the region usually take part with the exception of Cuba and Venezuela. The conference focuses on co-operation against drug trafficking and other crime.

Cuba was invited due to the agreement establishing normal relations with the U.S. Kelly portrayed it as a significant development Tuesday in an interview marking the end of his leadership of Southern Command. The Cuban government had no immediate comment.

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