The Canadian government continues to investigate the potential causes of the unusual health symptoms experienced by some Canadian diplomatic staff and their family members posted in Havana, Cuba. Canada says it has worked in "close cooperation" with Havana since the health problems first came to light in 2017.
The statement added that there's no evidence of a risk to travellers to Cuba.
A 14th Canadian has fallen ill to an unexplained illness in Havana, Cuba, prompting further reductions in embassy staffing in the country.
Canada's decision comes after a new report concerning a diplomat who arrived in Cuba in the summer who was found to have symptoms on December 29 of the mysterious illness that causes problems including nausea, dizziness, headaches and trouble concentrating.
The November incident was the first new Canadian case reported in months, leading to the decision to evacuate much of the remaining staff. Spouses and dependents left a year ago.
"This behavior favors those who in the United States use this issue to attack and denigrate Cuba", the Cuban ambassador to Canada, Josefina Vidal, said in a statement.
The Cuban Government has been cooperating with a Canadian investigation into the cause of the illnesses, which has not been determined. There is also no evidence to indicate that the symptoms described by the diplomats developed during their stay in Cuba, Vidal said, noting that the move "fuels speculation and contrasts with the exchange held by both parties on the matter".
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"Canada has a positive and constructive relationship with Cuba", the agency said.
More than a million Canadians visited the Caribbean island a year ago, making Canada Cuba's most important tourism market, as it has been for decades.
Previously, the Canadian government declared the Havana embassy as an "unaccompanied post", so diplomats there could not be accompanied by their relatives.
Canada is also among Cuba's 10 top trading partners, with Canada-Cuba trade totaling $790 million in 2017.
Over 20 diplomats were affected, according to the State Department.
The United States evacuated all non-essential personnel from the embassy in Havana and stopped issuing visas in response to the incidents in September 2017.
The individual, who can not be identified for privacy reasons, arrived in Havana in the summer of 2018 and reported symptoms on December 29, officials told reporters during a teleconference call from Ottawa.