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US Embassy opening in Baghdad delayed indefinitely

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on October 10th, 2007 10:04 am by HL

US Embassy opening in Baghdad delayed indefinitely

WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – The opening of the mammoth new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has been delayed indefinitely while its Kuwaiti contractor fixes a punch list of problems, the State Department said on Tuesday.

The sprawling complex, whose cost is edging toward $750 million, was set to open last month but U.S. lawmakers say shoddy work by the contractor and poor oversight by the State Department have delayed it.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack rejected claims of inadequate oversight and said there was no indication how long it would be before the new embassy opened.

“I can’t tell you when the embassy is going to open,” said McCormack. “We don’t have an answer.”

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