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Cablegate: Routine American Citizen Services Suspended

P 170711Z NOV 08
FM AMEMBASSY ASMARA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0017
INFO IGAD COLLECTIVE
AMEMBASSY CAIRO
AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM
R
E
YN/AMEMBASSY QAQAA 1864
AMCONSUL DUBAI
AMCONSUL FRANKFURT
AMCONSUL JEDDAH

UNCLAS ASMARA 000552

DEPARTMENT FOR: CA/OCS, CA/VO, AF/E
FRANKFURT FOR RCO
POSTS FOR CONSULS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CACS CMGT PREL ER
SUBJECT: ROUTINE AMERICAN CITIZEN SERVICES SUSPENDED

1. Asmara's consular section suspended providing routine American
citizen services on November 17 due to the Eritrean government's
detention of 26 of the Embassy's diplomatic pouches since September
13. Until the pouches are released, the consular section will not
provide passport, CRBA, notary, or other routine services. Post
will inform addressees septel when the consular section reopens for
routine ACS services.

POST CONTACT INFORMATION
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2. Posts with questions can contact Embassy Asmara at
consularasmara@state.gov, or contact consular officer Brian
Shelbourn at shelbournbl@state.gov, 291-1-120004 ext. 2415, or IVG
596-2415.

MCMULLEN

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