US consular services cancelled in Istanbul

US consular services won't be available in Istanbul on Dec. 9 due to security concerns

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

The US Consulate building in Istanbul, August 10, 2015

The US Consulate in Istanbul said on Tuesday that it had cancelled consular services for Wednesday because of "information about a possible security threat" against the mission.

"We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to bolster your personal security," the consulate added in a statement on its website.

In Washington, State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters that routine consular services had been cancelled but that limited, urgent services would be provided.

Other US diplomatic missions in Turkey - in Ankara, Izmir and Adana - will operate normally, the statement said. It did not elaborate on the possible threat.