UK, German embassies reopen in Yemen

AP News
Posted: Aug 18, 2013 9:05 AM

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The United Kingdom and Germany have reopened their embassies in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, after being closed for about two weeks due to a terrorism threat.

U.K. Ambassador Jane Marriott said in a statement Sunday that she and her team were "glad to be back and working in Yemen after this brief hiatus." The German embassy posted a statement on its website Sunday saying it had reopened.

The U.S. closed 19 of its diplomatic missions in the Middle East and Africa after it intercepted a message between al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri and Yemen's al-Qaida offshoot about plans for a major attack. The U.S. has reopened all the posts expect its Sanaa embassy.

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Associated Press writer Maamoun Youssef in Cairo contributed to this report.