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Senators Ask Secretary of State to Expel Cubans and Close Embassy Over Attacks on U.S. Diplomats

September 15, 2017

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-235

Washington, D.C. - Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) along with Senators Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), and James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressing concern over the harassment and acoustic attacks on American diplomats in Cuba.

Specifically, the Senators urge Secretary Tillerson to remind the Cuban government of its obligation to protect American diplomats and to demand that it take verifiable action to remove these threats to them and their families. They also ask him to immediately declare all accredited Cuban diplomats in the United States persona non grata and, if Cuba does not take tangible action, to close the U.S. Embassy in Havana.

The full text of the letter can be found below or by clicking here.

The Honorable Rex Tillerson
Secretary of State
United States Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520

Secretary Tillerson:

We write today concerning the injuries sustained by multiple U.S. diplomatic personnel posted to the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba. Our officials and their families have been the targets of unacceptable levels of harassment and "acoustic" attacks that, in some cases, have caused permanent hearing damage and other significant injuries.

The safety of U.S. diplomatic personnel and their families posted overseas remains one of our high priorities and a shared responsibility of those nations that host U.S. diplomatic facilities. We urge you to remind the Cuban government of its obligation and to demand that it take verifiable action to remove these threats to our personnel and their families. Furthermore, we ask that you immediately declare all accredited Cuban diplomats in the United States persona non grata and, if Cuba does not take tangible action, close the U.S. Embassy in Havana.

Cuba's neglect of its duty to protect our diplomats and their families cannot go unchallenged. We appreciate your attention to this important national security matter and look forward to your timely response.


Sincerely,

Tom Cotton
United States Senator

Richard Burr
United States Senator

John Cornyn
United States Senator

Marco Rubio
United States Senator

James Lankford
United States Senator