"On October 3, the Department of State informed the Government of Cuba that it was ordering the departure of 15 of its officials from its embassy in Washington, D.C.", Tillerson said in his statement.
Following a report yesterday that claimed U.S. spies working under diplomatic cover were the primary target of mysterious "sonic device" attacks on United States embassy personnel in Havana, American authorities have expelled 15 members of Cuba's diplomatic staff from its embassy in Washington.
The recently re-opened US embassy in Cuba will have its staffing reduced to emergency personnel only, and visa operations have been suspended indefinitely as a result of the action. "This order will ensure equality in our diplomatic operations", said U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson. Last week, the State Department warned Americans to stay away from Cuba and ordered more than half the embassy staff to leave indefinitely. The mysterious attacks on embassy personnel reportedly caused dizziness, hearing loss, and fatigue.
'We are holding diplomatic relations, ' the source added, according to which this step was taken because, for the USA government, Cuba has failed to do enough to protect USA personnel in the Caribbean island.
Havana blasted the US order, calling it "reckless" and "hasty".
So far, our government has not said that it has found evidence that Cuba is responsible for the sonic attacks on USA personnel.
"The United States will not send official delegations to Cuba or conduct bilateral meetings in Cuba for the time being".
The expulsion of Cuban personnel from the Cuba Embassy in Washington will mean that travel will remain in limbo for the hundreds of thousands of Cuban-Americans flying to the island every year to visit relatives.
There were hopes, though, that the two nations were starting to put that bitter history behind them after renewing diplomatic relations in 2015. Cuba has not commented on Tuesday's announcement. Cuban officials pledged to investigate the incidents.
The American Foreign Service Association, or AFSA, is the professional association of the U.S. Foreign Service.
The U.S.is expelling 15 Cuban diplomats.
It also said new, faster communications channels have been opened between the USA embassy in Havana and Cuba's diplomatic security department.
"If the U.S. government is serious about solving this mystery, they shouldn't make it more hard to cooperate with the Cuban government during this critical time of the investigation", said James Williams, president of Engage Cuba, a group that aims to strengthen U.S. -Cuba ties.
Cuba's foreign minister has said Washington's response to mysterious attacks on its diplomats was "reckless" and "hasty".
In August, the State Department said it was confident that the attacks had stopped but later said that its Havana staff is still at risk.
U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson had earlier said that kicking out 15 Cuban diplomats would "ensure equity".
With reports that 21 USA diplomatic personnel were targeted by sonic attacks in Cuba, in recent days, Rubio and other members of the Florida congressional delegation called on the State Department to strike back. We need to be smart and thoughtful in responding to these attacks.