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Threat prompts U.S. consulate to close

The U.S. consulate in Thessaloniki, Greece, was temporarily closed Thursday after an unspecified security threat, a State Department spokeswoman said.
/ Source: Reuters

The United States said Thursday it would temporarily close its consulate in the Greek city of Thessaloniki because of an unspecified “threat.”

“The U.S. consulate general in Thessaloniki, Greece, will be closed on Feb. 13 because of a threat,” said State Department spokeswoman Brenda Greenberg, who declined to elaborate on the nature of the threat.

Barring additional threats, the consulate was expected to reopen on Tuesday, Greenberg said, adding the U.S. Embassy in Athens remained open to provide visa and consular services.

Security concerns in Greece are particularly vivid ahead of the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics, and the Greek government this week announced a 20-day exercise in March involving U.S. troops and experts from seven nations to test preparations for the games.