Havana, July 25 (Prensa Latina) Officials from the U.S. Department of State are here today to address alleged health incidents claimed by some members of that country’s diplomatic mission in Cuba.
According to the Cubadebate website, the delegation includes the assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Francisco Palmieri; the undersecretary of administration, William Todd, and the assistant secretary for diplomatic security, Michael Evanoff.
Sources from the Foreign Ministry of the island, quoted by Cubadebate, reported that the officers met with the U.S. Director General of the Foreign Ministry, Carlos Fernandez de Cossio.
‘The State Department has behaved with a lack of transparency and cooperation in spite of Cuba’s insistent demands to seek a cooperative response to the reports it claims to have received from its diplomats, but for which it has not shown the slightest evidence,’ the note said.
In 2017, there were reports of alleged attacks to more than 20 U.S. officials and their families in Cuba, an argument used by the White House to drastically reduce its personnel on the island, expel diplomats from Cuba and issue travel alerts.
On June 5, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the creation of a Task Force to coordinate the issue of alleged health incidents, although he acknowledged in a statement that there is no common cause for all alleged cases.
Recurrently, the U.S. press, officials, congressmen, and others interested in impeding any progress in the ties between Havana and Washington use the term ‘sonic attacks,’ although the State Department has admitted to having no confirmation.
In a statement issued on June 10, the Cuban Foreign Ministry revealed that on May 29, the U.S. Embassy informed it of new health symptoms reported by an official as a result of indefinite sounds.
Although the investigation was unsuccessful, Washington ordered the departure of the two allegedly affected persons.
Fernandez de Cossio then expressed, on his Twitter, that the State Department cannot hide the political manipulation of complaints reported by its officials.
After months of investigations, both Cuban and US, there is no evidence to point to the alleged ‘attacks’, nor to their origin or possible perpetrators.
On several occasions, the Cuban authorities have reiterated their irrevocable commitment to guarantee the integrity of diplomatic personnel and, in general, of any foreigner visiting this country, which is considered one of the safest in the world.