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US will defend Haiti embassy, will not ship troops

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden stated Thursday that the U.S. will bolster safety at its embassy in Haiti following final week’s assassination of that nation’s president, however sending American troops to stabilize the nation was “not on the agenda.”

Haiti’s interim authorities final week requested the U.S. and the United Nations to deploy troops to guard key infrastructure following President Jovenel Moïse’s assassination. Biden signaled he was not open to the request, which comes as he’s drawing down U.S. forces in Afghanistan this summer season.

“We’re solely sending American Marines to our embassy,” Biden stated. “The concept of sending American forces to Haiti will not be on the agenda,” he added.

Mathias Pierre, Haiti’s elections minister, defended the federal government’s request for army help, saying in an interview Saturday with The Related Press that the native police power is weak and lacks assets.

The request for U.S. intervention recalled the tumult following Haiti’s final presidential assassination, in 1915, when an indignant mob dragged President Vilbrun Guillaume Sam out of the French Embassy and beat him to demise. In response, President Woodrow Wilson despatched Marines into Haiti, justifying an American army occupation — which lasted practically 20 years — as a option to avert anarchy.

Biden addressed the scenario in Haiti throughout a joint press convention on the White Home with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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