Canada closes embassy in Cario amid security concerns

CAIRO — The Canadian Embassy in Cairo has closed over security concerns, a day after the British Embassy suspended its services over safety worries.

The Canadian Embassy announced its closure through a message on its main telephone number Monday. An Egyptian security official told The Associated Press that Canadians asked for all roads around the embassy shut down and more security.

He said they would increase security, but the roads couldn’t close.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn’t authorized to speak to journalists.

The British Embassy closed its offices to the public Sunday and Monday. Both embassies are in Cairo’s Garden City neighbourhood. The nearby U.S. Embassy remained open.

Australia advised citizens against visiting Egypt on Dec. 6, citing “ongoing political tension and the threat of terrorist attack,” according to a notice published on the Smarttraveller website of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Egypt has been hit by series of militant attacks since last year’s military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

With files from Bloomberg News

CAIRO — The Canadian Embassy in Cairo has closed over security concerns, a day after the British Embassy suspended its services over safety worries.

The Canadian Embassy announced its closure through a message on its main telephone number Monday. An Egyptian security official told The Associated Press that Canadians asked for all roads around the embassy shut down and more security.

He said they would increase security, but the roads couldn’t close.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn’t authorized to speak to journalists.

The British Embassy closed its offices to the public Sunday and Monday. Both embassies are in Cairo’s Garden City neighbourhood. The nearby U.S. Embassy remained open.

Australia advised citizens against visiting Egypt on Dec. 6, citing “ongoing political tension and the threat of terrorist attack,” according to a notice published on the Smarttraveller website of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Egypt has been hit by series of militant attacks since last year’s military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

With files from Bloomberg News

Source:: Canada closes embassy in Cario amid security concerns

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