U.S. Ambassador Stuart Jones met with Basrah Provincial Council Chair Sabah al-Barzouni November 26 and reaffirmed U.S. commitment to expanding economic ties and investment.
Deputy Chief of Mission Jonathan Cohen participated in the Fifth Annual Basrah Oil and Gas Exhibition and promoted U.S. commercial engagement in Basrah's energy sector.
DCM Cohen heard perspectives from U.S. and Basrah business leaders on the business climate and explored potentials for future ventures.
ConGen Basrah Staff Dan and Jessica Carl spoke with Basrah university students December 18 and shared discussed their work in Iraq and their hometowns in the U.S.
Acting Consul General Lonnie Kelley opened the 2014 Basrah job fair December 8.
CG Mitman on Basrah at US National Day
U.S. Consul General Matthias Mitman reaffirms ties between the United States and people of Basrah at U.S. National Day Celebration in Basrah.
U.S. Consul General Matthias Mitman reaffirmed U.S. commitment to support Iraq's fight against ISIL during a September 19 interview with al-Iraqiya television.
EMERGENCY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential
travel to Iraq. Travel within Iraq remains dangerous given the security
As a result of ongoing instability and violence in certain areas of Iraq, Embassy Baghdad is reviewing its staffing requirements in consultation with the State Department. Some additional U.S. government security personnel will be added to the staff in Baghdad; other staff will be temporarily relocated – both to our Consulate Generals in Basrah and Erbil and to the Iraq Support Unit in Amman. Overall, a substantial majority of the U.S. Embassy presence in Iraq will remain in place and the Embassy will be fully equipped to carry out its national security mission.
The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Iraq because of current safety and security concerns. For complete information please visit Security Message for U.S. Citizens.
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Iraq. Travel within Iraq remains dangerous given the security situation. On June 16, the Department of State began relocating some staff members from the Embassy to the Consulates General in Basrah and Erbil and Iraq Support Unit in Amman. The Embassy remains open and is operating. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated June 11, 2014, to update information on security incidents and to remind U.S. citizens of ongoing security concerns in Iraq, including kidnapping and terrorist violence. The ability of the Embassy to respond to situations in which U.S. citizens face difficulty, including arrests, is extremely limited.
For detailed information please visit Iraq Travel Warning.
MEDICAL INFORMATION FOR U.S. CITIZEN
U.S. Citizens in the region are encouraged to monitor the CDC's guidance relating to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS CoV) and take appropriate precautions as directed by the CDC. For more information, please visit the CDC website located here:
A resurgence of the polio virus and its rapid spread to new countries prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 5, 2014, to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The WHO recommends certain precautions to international travelers. All travelers to or from the countries currently infected and exporting wild poliovirus -- Pakistan, Cameroon, and the Syrian Arab Republic -- should receive polio vaccinations within twelve months of international travel. U.S. citizens should be aware that they may be subject to additional polio vaccination requirements to enter or exit these countries.
In addition, WHO declared seven countries -- Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, and Somalia -- infected with wild poliovirus but not currently exporting it. These countries pose an ongoing risk for wild poliovirus exportations in 2014. U.S. citizens visiting or residing in these countries may wish to take additional precautions, including determining if they should receive polio vaccinations prior to international travel.
For more information, please visit http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english