U.S. Holds Cuban Authorities Responsible For Investigation Into “Health Attacks” On Diplomats

A mysterious illness that affected U.S. diplomats in Cuba has placed the relationship between both countries in a spot of bother.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a statement last week said the US mission in the Cuban capital had not been able to determine who was behind what he called “health attacks” that left some staff with hearing loss. 

“We hold the Cuban authorities responsible for finding out who is carrying out these health attacks on not just our diplomats but, as you’ve seen now, there are other cases with other diplomats involved,” he said.

Furthermore, Tillerson said, “We hold the Cubans responsible just as every host country has responsibility for safety and security of diplomats in their country.”

In the meantime, the Cuban government in its response said that “Cuba has never permitted, nor will permit, that Cuban territory be used for any action against accredited diplomatic officials or their families, with no exception.”

In a recent report, Canada’s government has also noted that at least one Canadian diplomat in Cuba also had been treated for hearing loss.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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