Norway restricts access to posts in Middle East

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Norway’s Foreign Ministry says it has restricted public access to 15 of its embassies in the Middle East and Africa, including its post in Saudi Arabia.

The move follows the decision by the U.S. to close diplomatic posts in 19 cities in the Muslim world amid fears a major terrorist attack was in the works. Britain and Germany have also closed their embassies in Yemen.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Frode Andersen said Monday that Norway’s embassies are still accepting phone calls and emails but that public access to the premises has been restricted.

Andersen says the measures are based on an assessment of the “general threat level.”

He says officials will monitor the security situation to decide how long access will be restricted, but declined to give further information.

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