UN follows closely U.S. expulsion of two Cuban diplomats

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The United Nations is "following very closely" the order of the United States to expel two diplomats in the Cuban mission to the world organization, a UN spokesman said on Friday.

"This is an issue that we are obviously following very closely," said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The U.S. State Department on Thursday required the departure of two members of Cuba's mission to the United Nations, citing their alleged "attempts to conduct influence operations against the United States."

Besides, the United States required Cuba's UN mission's travel should "essentially be restricted to the island of Manhattan," according to the statement.

The United Nations General Assembly last November adopted a non-binding resolution calling for lifting U.S. embargo against Cuba.

The U.S.-Cuba relationship has deteriorated under the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, which has rolled back the detente initiated by his predecessor Barack Obama. 

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