U.S. suspends military training programs with Burundi

Burundi-protestsDue to the precarious political and security situation in Burundi and the Government of Burundi’s unwillingness to engage in good faith efforts to negotiate a solution, the United States has suspended all security assistance training programs on which it has cooperated with Burundi’s police and army intensifying its pressure on President Pierre Nkurunziza who is seeking a third term as president

The US has also threatened to halt its support for Burundian forces deployed in Somalia and to rescind Burundi’s eligibility for the AGOA trade preference programme.

The US said it is joining the United Nations, the African Union and the European Union in urging Mr Nkurunziza to place the welfare of Burundi’s citizens above his own political ambitions.

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