Britain will reopen its embassy in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a on Sunday, the Foreign Office has said in a statement, following its 12-day closure over security concerns.
“British Embassy #Yemen open as normal from Sunday 18 August. Apologies for the brief hiatus,” British Ambassador Jane Marriott tweeted, according to a Reuters news agency report.
On August 6, the Foreign Office announced it had withdrawn all staff from the embassy due to a high threat of kidnapping, following the unprecedented closure of U.S. diplomatic missions across the Middle East and North Africa.
The closures came after warnings in early August of a possible militant attack in the region. It reopened them a few days later except for the embassy in Sana’a.
Yemen, one of the poorest Arab countries, is the base for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the most active branches of the network founded by Osama bin Laden, and militants have launched attacks from there against the West.
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