Opening of $600m. US embassy in Baghdad delyed until next year

October 5, 2007 04:01

The opening of a mammoth, $600 million (€425 million) US Embassy in Baghdad, which had been planned for last month, has now been delayed well into next year, US officials said. The Vatican-sized compound, which will be the world's largest diplomatic mission, has been beset by construction and logistical problems. "They are substantially behind at this point," and it would be surprising if any offices or living quarters could be occupied before the end of the year, one official told The Associated Press on Thursday. Problems identified so far are related to the complex's physical plant, including electrical systems, and do not pose a security risk, said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly.

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