US reopens diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia
The United States reopened its diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, a week after they closed their doors due to security reasons. “We do believe that it is now safe to conduct public business,” said the spokeswoman of the US Embassy in Riyadh, Carol Kalin.
“We continue to monitor the situation and we will make announcements to the Americans as the developments warrant,” she was quoted as saying.
The embassy in Riyadh and the consulates in Jeddah and Dhahran closed on November 8, one day before suicide bombers attacked a Riyadh housing compound, killing at least 18 people and wounding 122.
In Washington, State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said Friday the decision to reopen the three missions followed a careful security assessment. (Albawaba.com)