HAVANA.- The Government of Canada has decided to reduce its staff in Havana and adjust its mission programs, citing the protection of its diplomatic staff, who were allegedly affected by acoustic incidents in the Cuban capital.

Regarding this decision, the Cuban ambassador to Canada, Josefina Vidal, in a statement published on the Minrex website, affirmed: "these are actions that do not help to solve or find answers to the health symptoms reported by diplomats and will have an inevitable impact on the conduct of relations".

Vidal said the decision contrasts with the level, status and presence of Canadian diplomats in capitals in other parts of the world, where they do not enjoy the degree of security, tranquility, health and welcome they find in Cuba.

"This behavior favors those in the United States who use this issue to attack and discredit Cuba, she wrote.

It is known that individuals with high responsibility for U.S. foreign policy are determined to provoke a climate of bilateral tension and be able to point to Cuba as a threat," said the diplomat.

She added that "the decisions taken by the government of Canada unfortunately feed speculation and contrast with the exchanges held by both governments on the subject.

Josefina Vidal said that "despite the decision of the Canadian government, Cuba remains committed to preserving the good state of relations and expanding its ties with a country to which we have strong ties of friendship and cooperation.