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Cuba repudiates US decision to close Chinese consulate in Houston

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 24 (ACN) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez condemned the unilateral decision taken by the United States Government to close the Chinese Consulate General in the city of Houston.

The Cuban FM stated in his Twitter account that the United States 'applies a foreign policy of double standards, political opportunism and hateful rhetoric against sovereign states.'

USA ordered at the beginning of the week the cessation of operations of the Chinese consulate in Houston and gave its officials until Friday to leave the country.

China labeled that unilateral and surprising decision as a 'serious affront to international protocols and treaties' and announced 'in self-defense' the suspension of the activities of the US consulate in the city of Chengdu.

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs notified the American embassy of the revocation of the license for the establishment, conduct of commercial activities and other functions of said diplomatic headquarters.

It noted that the current situation between the two countries is 'something that we do not want to see and all the responsibility falls on (the United States),' to which it added the exhortation to back off from the 'wrong decision' taken on Houston and create the conditions to redirect bilateral relations.

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