Ties threatened: US to ask Cuba to cut most of its diplomats

2017-10-03 17:04


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Washington - US officials say the Trump administration plans to ask Cuba to withdraw 60% of its diplomats from Washington in response to last week's US move to cut its own embassy staff in Havana by a similar amount.

Only days ago, the United States and Cuba maintained dozens of diplomats in newly re-opened embassies in Havana and Washington. The embassies were powerful symbols of a warming relationship.

But now both countries are poised to cut their embassies by more than half following uncanny, unexplained attacks threatening delicate ties between the Cold War rivals. It's been less than three years since the US and Cuba renewed diplomatic relations.

The US says at least 21 American government workers in Havana have been attacked.

Some have symptoms involving hearing, cognition, balance and vision.

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