By Elise Labott
Cuba halted consular services in the United States on Friday because the American bank it was working with is severing their relationship, the Cuban Interests Section said.
M&T Bank informed the Interests Section last year it was getting out of the business of providing banking services for diplomatic missions, but agreed to accept Cuban deposits through February 17.
Going forward, consular assistance will "only be provided for humanitarian cases."
Marie Harf, a State Department spokeswoman, said the agency has been "actively working" with the Cubans to identify a new bank, and has reached out to more than 50.
Harf said that several banks may currently be exploring the possibility of providing services, but that it was unclear whether it could be worked out by March 1, when the accounts will be closed.