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    U.S. Consul General visit to Maysan Province on June 1, 2014

    Consul General Matthias Mitman traveled to Maysan province this week—the first visit to the province by any official from the U.S. Consulate General in Basrah (Click photo for more details)

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    CG visits Date Palms Culture lab

    U.S Consul General Matthias Mitman visited the Date Palms Tissue Culture lab in Basrah (supported by USAID-funded HSAD agricultural program) and the Date Palm station in Al Hartha(click photo for more details)

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    Houston Delegation visit to Basrah

    Mayor Pro Tem Ed Gonzalez from the City of Houston and the Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce formed a 10-person trade delegation at the invitation of Basrah Governor Majid al-Nasrawi.(click photo for more details)

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    CG Visit to Dhi Qar province

    US Consul General Matthias Mitman visited Dhi Qar province – the first visit of a Consulate General official to Dhi Qar since the Consulate General was established (click photo for more details)

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    Demining activities in Rumaila field

    Since 2003, the U.S. Government has provided more than $250 million for demining activities in Iraq. Dennis Hadrick, from the State Department’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (Click to see more details)

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    Consul General Visit Basrah Oil and Gas Conference

    Consul General Matthias Mitman addressed the opening ceremony of the Basrah Oil and Gas Conference and spoke with Basrah Governor Majid al-Nasrawi. He also toured the exhibition hall and talked with representatives from 12 U.S.-based companies who were in attendance. (Click photo to read more)

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    International Women’s Day Celebration

    U.S. Deputy Consul General Jason Cubas spoke on the importance of women’s rights at the March 11 celebration of International Women’s Day 2014 at the University of Basrah. (Click photo to read more)



  • 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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    • Travel Warning:

      The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Iraq.Due to heightened safety and security risks and the ongoing threat of terrorist activities throughout Iraq, the U.S. government remains highly concerned about the danger to U.S. citizens, whether visiting or residing in Iraq, and to U.S. facilities and businesses.  Threats against U.S. interests, U.S. assets, and foreign companies employing U.S. personnel in Iraq have been reported, related to a possible U.S. military strike on Syria.


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