US says not closing Nairobi embassy

A general view of the American embassy in Nairobi on June 19, 2004The US ambassador to Kenya on Saturday moved to dismiss what he said were “false and misleading” rumours, asserting that embassy staff were not evacuating and the facility would remain open. “A number of rumours have circulated regarding the US embassy and our relationship with Kenya that are false and misleading. The US embassy in Nairobi has not closed and is not closing. Washington announced last month it was preparing to cut staff levels at its Nairobi embassy because of the mounting threat of attacks in Kenya by Islamist militants.

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