U.S. expels 15 diplomats from Cuban Embassy in Washington

U.S. expels 15 diplomats from Cuban Embassy in Washington

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. But whoever is to blame, the plot appears to be working.

Now the experiment has been abruptly upended. "And we expect them to leave within seven days".

The expulsion comes after Washington ordered most of its diplomats to leave Havana last Friday, claiming that the Cuban government has not been able to protect them.

For some 2 million Cuban-Americans and their relatives still in the homeland, the distance suddenly seems much wider than the mere 90 miles of water separating the nations.

"The only thing I can do is wait", said Carlos Sierra, a 31-year-old restaurant worker in Havana.

"So the idea that over 20 Americans working for the State Department, working for the U.S. Embassy could be severely injured in Cuba and the Cuban government not know anything about it is ridiculous", he added. The officials weren't authorised to discuss the plan publicly and requested anonymity.

The withdrawal of non-essential personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Havana continues, he added, and should be completed by the end of the week. "We are maintaining diplomatic relations with Havana".

U.S. authorities confirmed in August that at least 21 Americans working at the embassy in Havana had suffered physical debilitations. These employees have suffered significant injuries as a effect of these attacks.

The State Department released a press statement on October 3 that said the department informed the government of Cuba that it was ordering the departure of 15 officials from the Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C. But leaving Americans in harm's way presented a moral dilemma that, ultimately, the administration decided it could not stomach.

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"The majority of Cuban Americans support the improvement of relations with Havana", he said.

Still, the administration has pointedly not blamed Cuba for perpetrating the attacks, and officials have spent weeks weighing how to minimise the risk for Americans in Cuba without unnecessarily harming relations or falling into an adversary's trap.

"The United States will not send official delegations to Cuba or conduct bilateral meetings in Cuba for the time being".

Last Friday, the U.S. administration announced that it was withdrawing 60% of employees of its embassy in Havana and suspending the issuance of United States visas in Cuba indefinitely.

Trump's drastic move follows bizzare claims that at least 21 US embassy staff in Havana - mainly spies operating under diplomatic cover - were made ill by "sonic attacks" starting in November previous year, days after US President Donald Trump's election.

Those moves had followed the US's decision in August to expel two Cuban diplomats.

"After several investigations by United States officials, they haven't found any proof Cuba had anything to do with the alleged 'sonic attacks, '" Niederstrasser said.

His argument: If Cuba is kept in the dark, how can it be expected to solve the crime? Extension and entry clearance with a USA passport (only for those who left Cuba before 1970) costa $160. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican and vocal critic of Castro's government, called it "the right decision" in a Twitter post.