Cuba Praises US Decision to Reopen Consulate in Havana

Cuba on Friday praised the US decision to partially reopen its consulate in Havana, which has been closed since 2017 following alleged “sonic attacks.”

On Thursday, March 3, the United States said it would resume some immigrant visa services “as part of a gradual expansion of embassy functions.”

Washington scaled back US diplomatic missions at least five years ago when the then Trump administration accused Havana of carrying out “sonic attacks” on embassy staff.

US personnel and families suffer from a mysterious illness that has come to be known as “Havana Syndrome”.

Similar incidents were later reported at other embassies around the world, even on the White House grounds.

The United States has not disclosed when the reopening will take place, but Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Twitter said it was “a step in the right direction.”

Since 2017, Cubans have been required to make expensive trips to Colombia or Guyana to apply for a US visa.

Many instead choose to make the perilous journey through Central America and enter the United States as undocumented migrants.

Under existing immigration treaties, the US must allow 20,000 immigrant visas a year for Cubans, something that has not been fulfilled.

Rodriguez lashed out at the US for the real reason for suspending consular services.

He said the move came after “baseless accusations that Cuba had attacked American diplomats.” [mg/pp]