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Aggression against U.S. diplomats in Havana: Unfounded and implausible

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The strange story of U.S. diplomats suffering hearing loss and other damage to their health, while working in Cuba burst into the media this past August. The first of the alleged incidents goes back to November of 2016, and the most recent supposedly occurred just a few weeks ago.

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Press conference by Cuban Foreign Minister

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Press conference with national and international media presented by Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, at the Ministry headquarters, October 3, 2017, Year 59 of the Revolution

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U.S. expels 15 diplomats from Cuban Embassy in Washington

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On October 3, the U.S. State Department ordered the expulsion of 15 Cuban diplomats from the island’s Embassy in Washington, just a week after the Cuban government urged the U.S. to avoid making hasty decisions.

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Cuba has never perpetrated, nor will it ever perpetrate attacks of any sort against diplomatic officials or their relatives, without any exception

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On September 29, 2017, the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the decision to significantly downscale the diplomatic staff of the US embassy in Havana and withdraw all their relatives, claiming that there had been “attacks” perpetrated against US Government officials in Cuba which have harmed their health.

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Statement to the press by Josefina Vidal, general director for the United States at Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Today we have learned of a State Department communiqué that reports the decision of the U.S. government to reduce personnel at its embassy in Havana. As we reported this past September 26, in a meeting held that day with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, on the initiative of the Cuban side, our minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla:

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The second Cuban Trade Minister to visit Washington in four decades

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In early October 1977, some 70 U.S. businesspeople gathered in Washington to demand the lifting of the blockade against Cuba. The meeting had an unusual guest, the then Minister of Foreign Trade of the island, Marcelo Fernández Font. Theatmosphere was favorable. A thawin relations betweenthe James Carter administration and Havana had begun, and that same yearinterest officeswere openedin both capitals.Travelto Cubaby U.S. citizenswas fully authorized, although this onlylasted a shortperiod.

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Statement by the President of the Councils of State and Ministers Army General Raúl Castro Ruz

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Declaration by Army General Raúl Castro on the occasion of the first anniversary of the announcements made on December 17, 2014, regarding the decision to reestablish diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States: One year has gone by since the simultaneous announcements made on December 17, 2014, by the presidents of Cuba and the United States to re-establish diplomatic relations between both countries and work to improve our relations.

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White House: We will continue to pursue increased engagement between the United States and Cuba

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Exactly one year after the historic announcements of December 17, 2014, the White House issued a fact sheet this Thursday outlining the progress made in relations between the U.S. and Cuba. The document stresses that the Barack Obama administration’s new approach has allowed for “the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and adjusted regulations to facilitate greater travel, commerce, people-to-people ties, and the free flow of information to, from, and within Cuba.”

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Cuba officially has an ambassador in the United States

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This Thursday, September 17, Cuban diplomat José Ramón Cabañas presented his credentials to the President of the United States, Barack Obama, to officially become the first Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the island to Washington in over half a century. “Exchanging ambassadors since ancient times is a sign of normality and respect among nations,” Cabañas told Granma.

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Cuba-U.S. Bilateral Commission holds first meeting

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On the morning of Friday September 11, the Cuban and U.S. delegations initiated the first Bilateral Commission meeting, with the aim of establishing an agenda of topics to be addressed following the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States. The Cuban delegation was led by Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, the Foreign Ministry’s director general for the United States, while the U.S. State Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for South America and Cuba, Edward Alex Lee, presided the U.S. delegation.