US Expels 2 Cubans After Diplomats In Havana Show 'Symptoms' From 'Incidents'

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 9, 2017

Multiple State Department employees returned home from the United States embassy in Cuba late past year after suffering a variety of physical symptoms, the State Department said a news briefing Wednesday.

Nauert said the symptoms felt by the State Department workers did require medical attention but were not life-threatening.

The State Department spokesperson said the United States has reminded the Cuban government of its obligation to protect diplomats under the Vienna Convention, CBS correspondent Steve Dorsey reported. "We don't have any definitive answers about the source or the cause of what we consider to be incidents".

The spokesman went on to say that two officials accredited to the Embassy of Cuba departed the United States.

"The safety and security of USA citizens is our top priority", Nauert said, adding that "the Cuban government has a responsibility and obligation to protect our diplomats under the Geneva Convention".

The symptoms have not affected USA visitors to Cuba, only State Department officials.

"The safety and security of American citizens at home and overseas is our top priority". Some left Cuba for medical reasons. "Some Americans chose to come home", said Nauert.

The State Department learned of the incident in late 2016, Nauert added.

The department says they are taking this situation "very seriously" and are working to find out the cause and impact of the incidents.

"The safety and security of American citizens overseas is our top priority", said Nauert.

There are concerns about the safety of these diplomats, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now investigating the matter, CBS Radio News reports.

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