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U.S. Department of State

Daily Press Briefing
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 12, 2004

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QUESTION: Richard, can you tell us -- the Saudi Ministry of the Interior said yesterday that Yaser Hamdi, upon arrival back in the Saudi kingdom, renounced his U.S. citizenship. Has that, has anybody from the embassy confirmed that that happened?

MR. BOUCHER: Yeah, that's -- it's -- the statements, the meeting with people from our embassy are part of the process of renunciation. So a U.S. Consular Official from the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, met with Mr. Hamdi so that he could be afforded this opportunity to renounce his U.S. citizenship. We will review the results of that meeting in accordance with standard practice before confirming officially whether Mr. Hamdi is no longer a U.S. citizen.

Loss of nationality is a complicated matter subject to Section 358 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. It requires that the Consular Officer certifies certain relevant facts and then the State Department back here, Bureau of Consular Affairs at the State Department, must decide whether to approve this Consular Officer's certificate. So the final decision on renunciation is made back here by the Department of State.

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