Local November 16, 2017 | 6:10 pm

‘Unknown substance’ halts US consular operations

Santo Domingo.- The Embassy of the United States in the Dominican Republic reported that it suspended “temporarily all consular operations” on Thursday, November 16, for the “detection of an unknown substance in the consular section.”

It said in a statement that it’s in contact with local authorities to evaluate the substance. “As a precautionary measure, the US Embassy in Santo Domingo has temporarily suspended all consular operations as of 9:45am today, Thursday, November 16, due to the detection of an unknown substance in the consular section.”

In the message posted on all social networks and its web site, the diplomatic mission says that all people who have lost consular or USCIS appointments will be contacted today to reschedule.

It adds that US citizens in emergency situations can call the US Citizen Services office at (809) 567-7775 or send an email to SDOAmericans@state.gov.

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