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U.S. Saudi Missions Closed For Second Day

9 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- U.S. diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia remain closed today for the second consecutive day --> /featuresarticle/2005/08/921642ea-ad2c-4124-bc3c-1097f6653786.html because of terrorist threats.

A U.S. statement released on 7 August said the embassy in Riyadh and the consulates in the Red Sea city of Jeddah and the eastern city of Dhahran would be closed on 8 August and today "in response to a threat against U.S. government buildings in the kingdom."

Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman General Mansur al-Turki has said there has been no confirmed information about any imminent terrorist threat in the kingdom.

But the British Embassy in Riyadh released a statement on 8 August that said it has "credible reports" that terrorists are in the "final stages" of planning attacks in Saudi Arabia against Westerners and places associated with Westerners in Saudi Arabia.

(RFE/RL /Reuters/AFP)