CAIRO (AFP) – Canada on Monday joined Britain in closing its embassy in Cairo to the public for security reasons, with neither country providing details about any specific threat.
The move comes amid increasing attacks by extremist militants in Egypt and calls from the extremist Islamic State group for attacks on Western targets.
The Canadian embassy said in a statement that it would be closed “due to security reasons” on Monday, with a separate email to Canadian citizens in Egypt saying this would be the case “until further notice”.
The British embassy also remained closed after shutting its public services on Sunday.
British Ambassador John Casson said the decision had been taken “to ensure the security of the embassy and our staff”.