Canadian diplomat in Cuba also treated for hearing loss

Canadian diplomat in Cuba also treated for hearing loss
From Al Jazeera - August 10, 2017

At least one Canadian diplomat in Cuba was treated for hearing loss, the Canadian government has said, a day after media reports said a group of American diplomats in Havana suffered similar symptoms.

Brianne Maxwell, a spokeswoman for Canada's foreign ministry, said on Thursday officials "are aware of unusual symptoms affecting Canadian and US diplomatic personnel and their families in Havana.

"The government is actively working - including with US and Cuban authorities - to ascertain the cause."

Maxwell said officials do not have any reason to believe vistors could be affected.

US officials attributed the severe hearing loss to an advanced sonic device, according to the Associated Press news agency.

The Cuban government said it "has never permitted, nor will permit, that Cuban territory be used for any action against accredited diplomatic officials or their families, with no exception".

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In a statement late on Wednesday, the Cuban foreign ministry said it launched an "urgent investigation" after being informed of the incidents in February.

Heather Nauert, a spokeswoman for the US State Department, said the two Cuban diplomats were asked to leave in May after diplomats began suffering "a variety of physical symptoms".

Cuba called the rexpulsions "unjustified and baseless".


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