Officials: US Wants Cuba's DC Embassy Staff Cut 60%
Move will match reduction at Havana embassy
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 3, 2017 12:26 AM CDT
The Cuban flag over their embassy in Washington.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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(Newser) – US officials say the Trump administration is preparing to ask Cuba to reduce the staff at its embassy in Washington by 60%, the AP reports. The move follows last week's US decision to reduce American personnel at the embassy in Havana by a similar amount. That move was in response to mysterious health attacks on US government workers in Cuba that have affected their hearing, balance, and vision.

The officials say the State Department is expected to announce the decision Tuesday. They say the intention isn't to punish Cuba, but to ensure both countries have a similar number of diplomats in each other's capitals. The Cuban diplomats won't be formally expelled unless Havana refuses to send them home. The AP reported on Monday that the attacks hit US spies first and most severely.

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