Tillerson has 'frank' talk with Cuban official after sonic attacks
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Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonHillicon Valley — Blinken unveils new cyber bureau at State Blinken formally announces new State Department cyber bureau Hillicon Valley — TikTok, Snapchat seek to distance themselves from Facebook MORE had a "frank" meeting with Cuba's foreign minister on Tuesday amid concerns over recent suspected sonic attacks on U.S. diplomatic personnel in the country.

"The conversation was firm and frank and reflected the United States’ profound concern for the safety and security of its diplomatic personnel," said State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert in a statement.

The meeting between Tillerson and Cuba's top diplomat, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, is the highest-profile meeting between the two countries since the start of the Trump presidency, with 21 U.S. diplomats now having been affected by the mysterious injuries.


The Trump administration may now withdraw personnel from the newly reopened U.S. Embassy in Havana due to the safety concerns for the diplomats.

Sources told McClatchy on Tuesday that the White House does not believe that Cuba is behind the attacks.

"The Secretary conveyed the gravity of the situation and underscored the Cuban authorities’ obligations to protect Embassy staff and their families under the Vienna Convention," Nauert said in her statement. 

Tillerson "conveyed the gravity of the situation" with the Cuban official, according to the statement, and cited the Cuban government's responsibility to protect the diplomats in accordance with the international treaty known as the Vienna Convention.