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US Embassy in the DRC closed because of security threat

The United States Embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been closed following security threats. In a statement issued by the US Embassy in Kinshasa the country’s capital, it stated the move was made because of “reports of threats against US government facilities.”

In a notice translated from French, it wrote that “We are closely following reports of threats against US government facilities in Kinshasa. The Embassy of the United States Kinshasa is closed to the public on Monday, November 26. Local law enforcement and security authorities of the US Embassy take appropriate measures to protect staff and visitors. The safety of American citizens is one of our highest priorities.

Elections are just one month away in the DRC and it’s ushering in a new era in the country’s politics post-Kabila. The US Embassy has advised people with visa appointments for Monday, 26th November 2018 to return on Friday, November 30th at the prior scheduled time.

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