08/02/2013, 00.00
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U.S. to close embassies and consulates in Middle East for a day: 'Security Threats'

The closure is scheduled for next Sunday, but could be extended. In Pakistan for an official visit, the U.S. secretary of state John Kerry calls Morsi ouster by the army a "restoration of democracy".

Washington (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Sunday, August 4th the United States will close all their embassies in the Middle East for "security threats". This was announced by Marie Harf, a spokesman for the State Department, explaining that the closure could last for another day.

The countries affected by the closure of U.S. embassies and consulates are Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State, has said that the Egyptian army was "restoring democracy" by deposing Mohammed Morsi from the office of president. Kerry was speaking on the sidelines of an interview with a Pakistani television, where he is on an official visit.

Today, two pro Morsi sit-ins are scheduled in Cairo. In discussing the situation in Egypt the U.S. Secretary of State added that Washington is "very much concerned" about the killing of dozens of Morsi supporters of, which took place on July 26 during clashes with the military. For the United States, he stressed, "this is absolutely unacceptable."



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