The expelled embassy personnel must be out of the United States within seven days. Mr. Tillerson explained in a statement that “this order will ensure equity in our respective diplomatic operations. ”A State Department official said that the Cuban government would need to give a clear assurance that the attacks would not continue before the personnel in either embassy could return. State Department officials said that the Cuban ambassador in Washington was informed of the expulsions in a phone call.
Embassy of Cuba in Washington
However, State Department officials emphasized that they are not accusing the Cuban government of complicity in the attacks, so “we continue to maintain diplomatic relations with Cuba, and will continue to cooperate with Cuba as we pursue the investigation into these attacks.” F.B.I. agents who had been allowed entry to Cuba have not been able to find the causes of the illnesses. As part of their investigation, the F.B.I. has also visited the homes of the American diplomats and reviewed security footage. Investigators have been also unable to duplicate in a lab the effects the diplomats have experienced. A 22nd American diplomatic employee has been confirmed as suffering in a mysterious sonic attack in Havana.