US slams Cuba for accusing its diplomat of meddling

Friday, 22. November 2019 23:37

The United States State Department issued a statement on Friday denying Cuban allegations that its Chargé d’Affaires in Havana Mara Tekach was working against the Cuban government. The US went on to accuse Cuba of human rights violations and "abysmal treatment" of its own citizens, singling out the detention of dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer.

Cuba arrested Ferrer on assault and kidnapping charges in October. He had been in contact with Tekach and is considered to be one of the top opposition leaders in Cuba.

Earlier, Havana accused Tekach of acting illegally in Cuba and said in an official statement that the US embassy in the country "focused in recent months on the failed purpose of recruiting mercenaries, promoting division and confusion [in Cuba]."

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