On August 11, Consul General Matthias Mitman met with the Director-General of the General Company for Ports of Iraq, Captian Omran Radhi al-Thani, and other Iraqi officials responsible for ports and transportation (Click photo for more details)
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)
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)
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)
CG Celebrates Basrah Health Clinic Accreditation
CG Matthias Mitman and USAID Acting Mission Director Alonzo Wind participated in a ceremony August 13 at the Al-Juabila clinic in Basrah with Director General of the Basrah Health Department Dr. Riyadh Abdul Ameer.
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)
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)
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