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Biden says U.S. just isn’t sending troops to Haiti after assassination of nation’s president

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FBI brokers helping within the investigation of the assassination of President Jovenel Moise go away his residence in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 15, 2021.

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President Joe Biden mentioned Thursday that the U.S. has no plans to ship troops to Haiti within the wake of the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise. 

“We’re solely sending American Marines to our embassy to make it possible for they’re safe and nothing is out of whack in any respect. However the thought of sending American forces into Haiti just isn’t on the agenda at this second,” Biden mentioned at a joint press convention with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday. 

Haitian officers final week requested the U.S. to deploy troops to guard crucial infrastructure within the Caribbean nation following the president’s assassination. Biden’s remarks affirm earlier experiences from White Home officers that the U.S. just isn’t planning to deploy troops. 

Mathias Pierre, Haiti’s elections minister, informed The Related Press Thursday that he believes the request for U.S. troops stays related. He famous that Haiti must create a protected atmosphere for the upcoming elections in 120 days.

“This isn’t a closed door. The evolution of the state of affairs will decide the end result,” Pierre informed AP. “Within the meantime, the federal government is doing all the pieces we are able to to stabilize the nation, return to a traditional atmosphere and arrange elections whereas making an attempt to return to a political settlement with most political events.”

Moise was shot lifeless at his non-public Port-au-Prince residence final week by a gaggle of gunmen, additional fueling political unrest within the Caribbean nation, which was already suffering from gang violence and protests in opposition to the late president’s more and more authoritarian rule. 

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