Sumary of Global Affairs Canada confirms no Canadians in Vienna hit amid Havana syndrome reports:
- Global Affairs Canada has now confirmed there are no reports of Canadian diplomats stationed in the Austrian capital experiencing symptoms of what’s become known as Havana syndrome.
- ”Babcock’s update came after Global News published a statement offered by the department Thursday morning which did not answer specific questions sent to them on Tuesday asking whether Canadian diplomats in Vienna had reported symptoms.
- Story continues below The initial response had said only that Global Affairs Canada is “engaging with our staff in Vienna and with other governments,” and that the department “maintains a strict security protocol to respond immediately to any unusual events affecting Canadian diplomats or their families posted abroad.
- ”However, Global Affairs Canada still has not answered several of the questions from the original query: among them, whether Canadian diplomats are being offered any additional security advice or whether the risk rating for the Canadian embassy in Vienna is under review.
- Following reports of symptoms among dozens of Canadian diplomats and their families in Havana, Cuba, in 2016 and 2017, the risk rating for the embassy there was increased.
- The Havana embassy was reclassified as an unaccompanied posting in 2018. That means diplomats stationed there are not allowed to bring their families with them.
- A spokesperson for the Austrian Foreign Ministry said officials are in “regular contact with all diplomatic missions in Austria,” but declined to comment further on specifics.
- “The security of diplomats and their families sent to Austria is of the highest priority to us.