As the effects of the U.S. government shutdown begun to be felt domestically Tuesday, American diplomatic outposts and operations abroad made their own preparations.
The American Embassy in Beirut issued the following statement: “The Consular Section is open for business. This includes visa services. Fee-funded activities, including visa and passport issuance, and U.S. citizen services abroad, will continue since fees are collected to finance these services. Post will keep the Lebanese public and American citizen community informed should the situation change.”
A spokesperson for the embassy assured The Daily Star that the embassy had “contingency plans” in case the stalemate in Washington was not resolved, but could not elaborate, adding: “The situations is fluid ... it’s a Washington-driven process.”
Separately, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that most State Department and USAID activities could be sustained at least on a “limited basis for a short period of time.”