OTTAWA – Canada’s embassy in Bangladesh is closed today as western countries take precautions over concerns of possible terrorist attacks.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s office says the mission in Dhaka is being closed as a security precaution.
It follows U-S warnings of a threatened al-Qaida attack and the closure of 21 American embassies and consulates in the Middle East and North Africa this weekend.
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U-S officials said al-Qaida terrorists were eyeing western interests, not just American ones.
France, Britain and Germany all moved to close their missions in Yemen today, a working day in that part of the world.
Canada has no embassy in Yemen.
On Friday Baird say there were no plans to close any Canadian missions today, but indicated his officials would be monitoring the situation through the weekend.
The decision to close Canada’s diplomatic outpost in Bangladesh was made yesterday.
Baird has also warned both diplomats and Canadian travellers to exercise caution.
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© The Associated Press, 2013