U.S cuts embassy staff in Cuba, warns citizens not to visit

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Washington –   The United States is cutting its diplomatic presence in Havana by more than half and warned its citizens not to visit Cuba because of targeted attacks.

A senior U.S official said on Friday that attacks in Cuba had injured no fewer than 21 U.S. personnel.

“Until the government of Cuba can assure the United States of the safety of U.S. government personnel in Cuba, our embassy will be reduced to emergency personnel.

“This is to minimise the number of U.S. government personnel at risk of exposure,” a senior State Department official told newsmen.

“Routine visa operations are suspended indefinitely,” the official, who like others on a conference call with reporters, spoke on condition of anonymity.

He said that non-essential embassy staff would be withdrawn as well as all family members.

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U.S. and congressional officials told newsmen on Thursday that Washington was crafting a plan for drawdown of staff from the Havana embassy in response to unexplained incidents that had harmed the health of some U.S. diplomats.

However, the Cuban government has denied any role and is investigating, although it has so far said it has been unable to determine the cause.

The senior State Department official said that neither the U.S. nor Cuban governments had been able to identify who was responsible for the attacks.

“The government of Cuba is responsible for taking all appropriate steps to prevent attacks on our diplomatic personnel in Cuba,’’ he stressed.

The partial evacuation, while depicted as safety measure, may send message of U.S. displeasure over Cuba’s handling of the matter and deliver another blow to former President Barack Obama’s policies of engagement with Cuba.

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However, Washington has not cast direct blame on Cuban authorities, but Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, reminded Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, in Washington on Tuesday of Cuba’s obligation to protect diplomats and their families.

“The symptoms of the 21 U.S. embassy personnel harmed included hearing loss, dizziness, tinnitus, balance problems, visual complaints, headache, fatigue, cognitive issues and difficult sleeping.

“Our personnel’s safety is at risk and we are unable to identify the source of the attack; we believe that U.S. citizens may also be at risk and warn them not to travel to Cuba,” the official added. (Reuters/NAN)

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