(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Department of State announced Monday a $699 million contract for the construction of a New Embassy Compound in Islamabad, Pakistan.
The project, to be completed in several phases, will provide modern advancements to accommodate more staff and enhanced security features and will consist of a new office building, office annex, marine security guard quarters, perimeter wall, support annex and general services office and permanent housing.
The State Department said it will be a "state-of-the-art platform from which to continue our partnership with the Government of Pakistan in pursuing our common policy objectives."
The New Embassy Compound will be built on the current 35-acre embassy site and is expected to be completed in 2016.
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