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U.S. extends cancellation of consular services in Saudi Arabia

The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh urges Americans to exercise caution

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The U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia has said it was extending the cancellation of consular services in Riyadh and in two consulates in Jeddah and Dhahran due to heightened security concerns, the London-based Asharq al-Awsat reported on Wednesday.

Asharq al-Awsat cited embassy press attaché Johann Schmonsees as saying that the consular services were cancelled for a third day after they were scheduled to resume on Tuesday.

The embassy had issued a statement on Monday encouraging U.S. citizens "to be aware of their surroundings, and take extra precautions when travelling throughout the country."

"Regardless of where you are, it is always advisable to keep your security and situational awareness levels high," the statement said.

Schmonsees was quoted as telling Asharq al-Awsat on Monday that the U.S. Embassy had information that individuals linked to a terrorist organization may carry out attacks or acts of kidnappin operations against Western oil workers, including U.S. citizens who work at oil companies in the country's eastern region.