Middle East

British embassy in Kuwait suspends services over threat

Foreign construction workers are seen on a building site in Kuwait City
Image caption About 20,000 British nationals live and work in Kuwait.

The British embassy in Kuwait has temporarily suspended its services because of a terror threat, the Foreign Office has said.

It advised British organisations and businesses to review their security measures, although it said the threat was targeted at the embassy itself.

Threats against other UK interests in Kuwait could not be ruled out, it said.

The Foreign Office said services were suspended until after the weekend.

A spokeswoman said all non-essential staff had gone home.

The statement issued by the embassy said: "There is a general threat from terrorism in Kuwait. Terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region."

"These include references to attacks on Western including European interests... residential compounds, military, oil, transport and aviation interests," it added.

The embassy is also advising British nationals to exercise caution before sailing in Kuwaiti waters, following what it termed "maritime restrictions" issued by Kuwait last month.

Prince of Wales is due to visit the country in two weeks' time to mark the 50th anniversary of its independence.

When asked whether the visit would still take place, a Clarence House spokeswoman said: "We are keeping security under constant review as we would with any visit and we are taking advice from the Foreign Office."

About 20,000 British nationals live and work in Kuwait.

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