USCG Basrah Hosts Women Leaders
On September 12, the U.S. Consulate General in Basrah hosted an impressive group of women from southern Iraq for a luncheon in honor of women leaders. The guests included professors, artists, government officials, NGO leaders, and human rights advocates from Basrah, Dhi Qar, Muthanna, and Maysan.
CG Walker Meets Officials for Energy Infrastructure
On September 10, Consul General Steve Walker met with representatives from the Ministry of Oil, Ministry of Transportation, South Oil Company, the Energy Police, and the Iraqi Navy, as well as visitors from the Department of State and the Department of Energy in Washington to promote Iraq's development and long-term prosperity.
CG Steve Walker Attends Access Program Graduation
On August 28, Consul General Steve Walker attended the English Access Microscholarship Program graduation to congratulate a group of young Iraqis who completed two years of afterschool English classes and intensive summer learning activities funded by the U.S. State Department.
CG Walker Meets with Basrah Chamber of Industry
On July 30, U.S. Consul General Steve Walker and his economic team met with a delegation from Basrah's Chamber of Industry. The group exchanged ideas and discussed strategies for stimulating contacts between American and Iraqi companies, facilitating private sector cooperation, and engaging Basrawi youth in business and entrepreneurship training opportunities.
EMERGENCY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS
- The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Iraq.
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential
travel to Iraq. Travel within Iraq remains dangerous given the security
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