The United States will close all of its embassies on Sunday because of security concerns, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Thursday.
” ‘The Department of State has instructed certain US embassies and consulates to remain closed or to suspend operations on Sunday, August 4,’ Harf told reporters.
“The decision was taken ‘out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting our installations,’ she said.
“Harf said that the embassies would be closed specifically on Sunday, with an assessment afterwards on whether to reopen them.”
A senior State Department official said:
“It is possible we may have additional days of closing as well. Again as Marie said at the briefing, the Department has been apprised of information that indicates we should institute these precautionary steps. We have taken this measure out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting our installations. The Department, when conditions warrant, takes steps like this to balance our continued operations with security and safety.”