Official Statement on U.S. Embassy’s participation in 26th Minsk International Book Fair

Due to the lapse in U.S. government appropriations, the U.S. Embassy in Minsk is required to curtail all public activities, with the exception of “those necessary for emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property, and those necessary for activities essential to national security.”

For this reason, and with deep regret, the U.S. Embassy is unable to participate as guest of honor at the 26th Minsk International Book Fair.  We thank the Government of Belarus for the honor and will be discussing potential cultural partnerships once the lapse in appropriations ends.

The U.S. Embassy would like to note that at this time scheduled passport and visa services at U.S. embassies and consulates overseas will continue during the lapse in appropriations, as the situation permits.