Egyptian's Express: From the Embassy of the United States

From the Embassy of the United States, Cairo, Egypt

The Embassy is continuing to monitor the security situation for American citizens and interests in Egypt. Excellent cooperation continues to be received from the Government of Egypt.

President Mubarak has sent a message of condolence to President Bush and the American people. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Defense and other senior government officials have called the Ambassador as has the Secretary General of the Arab League. Numerous officials and private citizens of Egypt and America's other friends and allies have been in touch as well. On behalf of the U.S. people, we have expressed our appreciation for their concern and their support at this tragic time.

At the present time, all U.S. commercial and private flight operations remain suspended. Information from Washington, DC, indicates that a decision is pending about resumption of flights into and through U.S. airspace. U.S. Government facilities in Cairo and Alexandria will resume operations on Thursday, September 13, with limited exceptions.

Those exceptions include nonimmigrant visa processing, notarial services, and libraries. American Embassy staff have been advised that their children may return to school on September 13. However, for those attending the Cairo American College (CAC), the Board has decided the school will not open before Sunday. Embassy families are being asked not to participate in the one pitch softball tournament scheduled for Friday out of respect for the victims of Tuesday's tragic events.

We have no credible or specific threats to U.S. citizens or interests in Egypt. In light of this heinous crime, however, America citizens are urged to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness to reduce their vulnerability. Americans should maintain a low profile, vary routes and avoid large public gatherings.

The Embassy will update this message on Thursday, September 13.


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