The Cuban government announced Tuesday that it was suspending consular services in the United States and will no longer issue visas or passports for travel to Cuba, according to the Miami Herald.
M&T Bank, which managed the Cuban government’s accounts in the U.S., announced in July that it would stop serving foreign embassies. The country has been so far unable to find an alternative, resulting in suspension of services, the Cuban Mission in Washington, D.C. said in a statement. The mission blamed the American trade embargo on Cuba.
“Due to the existing restrictions stemming from the policy of economic, commercial and financial blockade by the North American government against Cuba, it has been impossible for the Interests Section to find until now a U.S. bank or any other bank based in the United States willing to take over the bank accounts of Cuban diplomatic missions,” the statement said.