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Americans in Bali at No Threat from Mount Agung Volcano

U.S. State Department Security Personnel Discuss Safety for U.S. Citizens at Baliís Police Headquarters

Bali News: Bali, U.S. Citizens, security, Brendan Murray, U.S. Consulate Surabaya, Mount Agung, Gede Alit Widana, Victor K. Karabin, Robert Nalle
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Regional Security Officers from the U.S. Consulate in Surabaya - Brendan Murray, Victor K. Karabin, and Robert Nalle paid a call on Bali’s Provincial Police Headquarters on Friday, December 12, 2017, to review security concerns touching on American citizens living or visiting Bali.

During the visit, the Deputy Chief of Police for Bali, Brigadier General I. Gede Alit Widana, told the visiting American officials that Bali remains safe for international visitors.

Widana told the American officials that the continuing volcanic activity on Mount Agung does not have any basic impact on the general security of the Island. Meanwhile the alert level for Mount Agung remains at the highest level necessitating the displacement of people living within an 8-kilometre radius of the mountain. However, life for those living outside the exclusion zone continues as usual.

Brigadier General Widana emphasised that the world community should have no safety concerns when visiting the remaining 98% of the Island’s landmass outside the exclusion zone, accepting at the same time that Bali’s airport could be closed temporarily if volcanic ash was found in the air traffic corridors leading to and from Bali.

Widana explained that In late November, Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport was closed for 2.5 days until volcanic ash cleared out of Bali’s air space. Adding: “I hope that tourists from America and other countries will not be frightened to visit Bali. Please enjoy a holiday over Christmas and New Years.”

Murray explained to the Bali Police that the responsibility of the U.S. Regional Security Office is to provide security to U.S. citizens living or traveling abroad. Murray estimated that some 3,000 American live on the Island of Bali with another 6,000 tourist visitors in Bali at any given time.

Brendan Murray, speaking in Indonesian, issued thanks on behalf of the U.S. Government to the Bali Police for the continuing help and assistance extended to our citizens while they are on the Island. 

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