US Orders Diplomat Retreat from Cuba

US Orders Diplomat Retreat from Cuba

US Orders Diplomat Retreat from Cuba

"We believe USA citizens may also be at risk and warn them not to travel to Cuba", it added. No Cuban employees of the embassy have complained of any symptoms, only American diplomats. Until Friday, the US had generally referred to "incidents". The source also stressed that the attacks did not occur at the USA embassy. According to reports, the United States does not believe the Cuban government is responsible for the attacks, which raises the likelihood that the decision to reduce diplomatic staff is a safety precaution because their safety in Havana can not now be guaranteed. The officials said they know of no other guests or hotel employees who were affected, but concern that others might be hurt prompted them to issue a broader warning advising against travel to Cuba.

The Associated Press, citing senior officials, said that the embassy will issue a new travel warning and stop processing visas because some of the attacks happened in Cuban hotels.

While the FBI investigation continues, State Department spokeswoman, Heather Nuart, told CBS News that Tillerson was still reviewing the available options at his disposal on the best way to protect U.S. diplomats and embassy staff in Cuba. While emphasizing that those affected by the attacks in question have only been diplomats and residents, the statement noted that the locations where the attacks occurred are also "frequented by USA citizens". He met with Cuba's foreign minister Bruno.

The Florida Republican early Friday questioned the logic of continuing to allow Cubans to remain in the United States but reducing the USA embassy in Havana to emergency-only staff.

The big question is this: Cui bono?

Cotton says the Trump administration should expel accredited Cuban diplomats from the United States.

President Raul Castro had reportedly given his personal assurance to the then-US charge d'affaires in Havana that Cuba was not behind the attacks. The regime would have been better off waiting for both Castros to shuffle off the stage and keep their anti-Americanism pure.

Still, the administration has pointedly not blamed Cuba for perpetrating the attacks, and officials have spent weeks weighing how to minimize the risk for Americans in Cuba without unnecessarily harming relations or falling into an adversary's trap. There are easier ways to produce a diplomatic breach than with a physical assault. We encourage Americans with plans to travel to Cuba to review the latest updates from the State Department. This has been recognized by the representatives of the USA specialized agencies who have travelled to Cuba since June, whose visits have been considered as positive by the Cuban counterparts. If they want diplomatic relations, then they have to provide a safe environment for it.

The historic move to reopen embassies in Havana and Washington came after lengthy, secret negotiations facilitated by the Vatican and the Canadian government.

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