Cuba: “This is a decision that is hasty and it will affect relations”

The decision of the U.S. administration to reduce the personnel in its embassy in Havana is “hasty” and the “Government of Cuba has no responsibility whatsoever” in the alleged sonic attacks, Josefina Vidal Ferreiro stated to the press.

“We consider that the decision announced by the Department of State is hasty and that it will affect bilateral relations, specifically cooperation in matters of mutual interest and the exchanges in different fields between both countries,” said the general director for the United States of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Vidal Ferreiro reaffirmed Cuba’s willingness to continue “an active cooperation between the authorities of both countries” to fully clarify the alleged sonic attacks on U.S. officials, for which purpose “a more effective involvement by the United States will be essential.”

The Cuban government “seriously and strictly observes its obligations under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations” with regard to the protection “of diplomatic agents accredited in the country and of their family members, without exceptions,” she added in her statement.

Vidal Ferreiro recalled that Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, during the meeting of Tuesday September 26, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson:

– Advised him not to make any hasty decisions, which are not based on evidences and conclusive results of the investigation.

– Urged him not to politicize a matter of this nature.

– Reiterated to him the request for effective cooperation of the U.S. authorities to bring to closure the ongoing investigation on the alleged incidents with US diplomats in Havana.

 

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