Czechs close consular and visa office in Yemen

The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the closure of the visa and consular affairs section of its embassy in Yemen until further notice in the face of the increased threat of attack. The embassy itself is still functioning. The Czech move follows similar steps taken by other countries such as the US, France and Britain.

Yemen has come under the spotlight in recent days following reports that the man suspected of trying to blow up a US passenger plane over Christmas was trained by radical Islamists there. The Yemen government is trying to counter separatist and terrorist movements linked to Al Qaeda.

Author: Chris Johnstone