Foreign Ministry up in arms after Cuba expels Czech diplomat

The first secretary of the Czech Embassy in Havana has been given three days to leave Cuba after local authorities refused to extend his visa. The Czech Foreign Ministry has called on Cuba's charge d'affaires in Prague to explain the decision, which it regards as tantamount to expulsion. It said the move was clearly in response to the Czech Republic's policy of criticizing human rights abuses in Cuba and supporting the island state's opposition. Tensions have been high between the two countries for some years.

Author: Ian Willoughby