Colombo US Mission reopens

[August 16, 2004 - 10.30 GMT]

The US Embassy in Colombo, closed since last week, has reopened and returned to normal operating hours today.

The embassy was forced to shut down indefinitely on Tuesday after a suspicious powder contained in a letter in the mail set off an Anthrax scare.

The tests conducted by the Medical Research Institute (MRI) confirmed there was no "toxic substance" in the white powder found in the envelope.

“We appreciate the support and concern that we have received from the Sri Lankan Government and other friends and partners. In particular, we appreciate the efforts and cooperation provided by Dr. Colombage, Director of Laboratories of Medical Research Institute of Colombo, and by her staff,” an embassy communiqué stated on Friday.











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Last Updated Date: August 16, 2004  - 10.30 GMT.


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