US Ordered to Evacuate 15 Cuban Diplomats from its Embassy

State Department

 

WASHINGTON DC – On Tuesday, the State Department said it was ordering 15 Cuban diplomats to leave the United States from its embassy in Washington, D.C., within a week.

 

This action is coming in the response of the last week’s US decisions, in which the US wants to cut its own embassy staff in Havana by a similar amount.

 

On September 29, the US ordered nonemergency personnel, and their family members, assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Havana to leave “to minimize the number of diplomats at risk of exposure to harm.”

 

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defended his decision to order Havana to eliminate the diplomats, saying it was made “due to Cuba’s failure to take appropriate steps to protect our diplomats.” Tillerson was referring to the mysterious attacks in Havana that have harmed at least 22 US government workers and their families.

 

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