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Cuba diplomats expelled from US

Cuba diplomats expelled from US”

"We are maintaining diplomatic relations with Havana.", the official said.

But he said his decision to withdraw 60% of USA diplomats from the embassy in Havana will remain in effect until Cuba can ensure that American diplomats there are safe.

The US government has raised to 22 the number of US personnel in Cuba who have experienced such symptoms as hearing loss, dizziness, headache, fatigue, cognitive issues, and difficulty sleeping, due to the alleged acoustic attacks. The US said it made the decision after Havana failed to protect US diplomats from the attacks.

The expelled Cuban personnel have been required to leave the United States within seven days, an official from the U.S. State Department told reporters earlier in the day. The official added, though, that a full US presence in Havana depends on "full assurances" from Cuba of USA personnel safety.

In Havana, the USA had roughly 54 diplomats in its embassy until deciding Friday to pull more than half of them out and leave behind only "essential personnel".

So far, our government has not said that it has found evidence that Cuba is responsible for the sonic attacks on US personnel.

In the past, Cuban diplomats have complained that the United States has not allowed more people to be hired to meet the demand of hundreds of thousands of Cuban Americans who travel to Cuba every year.

"The more we escalate tensions with Cuba, the harder it will be to solve this mystery", said Daniel Erikson, a Latin America specialist in the Obama White House and now a managing director of Blue Star Strategies, a consulting firm.

After all, the Cold War rivals only recently restored diplomatic ties. Cuba has not commented on Tuesday's announcement.

The two countries restored diplomatic ties in 2015 after more than five decades, and USA tourism to the island has jumped markedly since then. The U.S. presented Cuban authorities with a list of names Tuesday, the official said.

He also said Cuban investigators have not been allowed by the USA to examine the residences in Havana where the American diplomats reported the alleged attacks. The Cuban government allowing the Federal Bureau of Investigation to travel to Havana has been taken as another sign that Cuba was genuinely concerned with the attacks.

MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: The State Department isn't blaming Cuba for the attacks, nor is the USA breaking diplomatic ties.

Rodriguez assured that Cuba has never carried out and will never carry out any attacks on diplomats and their families.

He said the move was needed to "minimise the number of diplomats at risk of exposure to harm".

Cuba denies targeting embassy staff, and the USA has not blamed the country's government for the suspected attacks.

Cuba is still investigating the cause of the health effects and the decision to expel some of their officials isn't a finding of guilt or a change in policy, the us official said.

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It appears that the Trump administration has an opportunity to undo the reopening of diplomatic relations with Cuba - just like it wanted to do.



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