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    Visiting Artist Engages Youth

    April 4-13, Houston-based artist, Mario Jaramillo, visited Basrah to engage southern Iraqi youth, English language learners, and members of the arts community in a diverse variety of workshops focused on theater, dance, folklore, and visual arts.

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    U.S. CG Steve Walker visits Hospital in Basrah

    U.S. Consul General Steve Walker visited the Al-Sadr Teaching Hospital in Basrah to pay his respects to southern Iraqis wounded in the fight against Da’esh.

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    CG Steve Walker Attends Basrah Oil & Gas Show

    U.S. Consul General Steve Walker gave brief remarks at the Basrah Oil and Gas Show before a large audience of business leaders, representatives of the public and private sectors, and fellow members of the diplomatic corps.

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    USAID Mission Director Visits Basrah

    On December 7-9, U.S. Consulate General Basrah welcomed USAID Iraq Mission Director Brooke Isham for her first official visit to southern Iraq.

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    Ambassador Jones Visits Basrah

    On November 25-26, Ambassador Stuart E. Jones visited Basrah to meet with provincial officials, tribal leaders, and energy sector executives. The Ambassador was joined by the U.S. Consul General to Basrah.

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    Official Visit to Dhi Qar Province

    On November 22, a group from the U.S. Consulate visited Dhi Qar province to see some of the province's ancient wonders and to meet with Governor Yahia Al-Naseri for a wide-ranging discussion of ways to build partnerships, bolster business ties and foster people-to-people connections between the people of Dhi Qar & the U.S.

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    International Day of Tolerance

    On November 17th, the U.S. Consulate General in Basrah commemorated the United Nations International Day of Tolerance by bringing together community leaders from across the diverse spectrum of Iraqi society for an event held at the Mnawi Basha Hotel.

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  • MERS Update

    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:

    Polio Update

    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.

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