Two members of Cuba's UN mission ordered to leave US

Cheryl Sanders
September 20, 2019

"The Cuban government has targeted the United States by sending personnel under diplomatic cover to engage in influence activities that are prejudicial to US national security", another State Department official told Fox News. Other Cuban diplomats traveling to the USA have had their movement restricted to Manhattan, where the United Nations headquarters is located.

The Cuban diplomats who are being expelled are attached to the U.N. mission and tried to "conduct influence operations against the United States", State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.

However, it announced the expulsion over "abusing their privileges of residence" in a statement without providing further details.

The U.S. on Thursday said it has notified Cuba's UN mission that it is requiring two of its staffers to depart the U.S. over allegedly conducting "influence operations against the United States" and took further action to curtail the movement of the mission's staff.

"We categorically reject the unjustified expulsion of two officials of the Permanent Mission of Cuba at the United Nations and the tightening of restrictions on movement for diplomats and their families", Rodriguez said on Twitter.

Ortagus said the movements of other members of the Cuban delegation would "essentially" be limited to the island of Manhattan.

Trump recalled almost all US diplomats from the island nation in 2017 amid still-unexplained illnesses afflicting USA diplomats that officials initially said were the result of some kind of sonic attack.

Under the 1947 U.N. "headquarters agreement", the United States is generally required to allow access to the United Nations for foreign diplomats.

Washington has made clear that a key objective of its pressure campaign is to force Cuba to abandon Maduro, something Havana has said it will never do.

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