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U.S. re-opens embassies and consulates Sunday

WASHINGTON – On Sunday, August 11, the Department of State re-opened 18 of the 19 embassies and consulates that were closed recently.

“Our embassy in Sanaa, Yemen will remain closed because of ongoing concerns about a threat stream indicating the potential for terrorist attacks emanating from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” a State Department spokesperson said.

The consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, which closed last week due to a separate credible threat to that facility, will remain closed.

“We will continue to evaluate the threats to Sanaa and Lahore and make subsequent decisions about the re-opening of those facilities based on that information,” the spokesperson continued. “We will also continue to evaluate information about these and all of our posts and to take appropriate steps to best protect the safety of our personnel, American citizens traveling overseas, and visitors to our facilities.”

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