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British embassy in Kuwait shuts as UK citizens ‘urged to exercise caution’ over terror threat
October 20, 2011
Britain has suspended embassy operations in Kuwait City and urged UK businesses there to review security measures due to a terror threat.
It comes less than two weeks before a planned visit to the country by Prince Charles to mark the 50th anniversary of its independence. A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: ‘We are aware of an increased terrorist threat against the British Embassy in Kuwait.’
‘We have therefore taken the precaution of temporarily suspending embassy services,’ she added.
Services will be suspended until at least after the weekend – the spokeswoman declined to comment on whether the closure is linked to the royal visit. All non-essential staff have been sent home.
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