Haitian National Policemen guard the entrance to the U.S. Embassy as people gather to ask for asylum following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti July 9, 2021. REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo – RC25HO9IWKSR

Haiti’s interim government has made a request to the United Nations and the United States for foreign troops to the country to protect key infrastructure after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse—but the US says it has no plans to offer military assistance “at this time”.

The letter dated July 7, 2021, the day Moise was assassinated, was sent by the Prime Minster’s office, asking for support for “the efforts of the national police to reestablish security and public order in the whole territory”.

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Haitian police earlier said a group of 28 foreign mercenaries killed the president on Wednesday.

“We definitely need assistance and we’ve asked our international partners for help,” interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph told The Associated Press news agency in a phone interview late on Friday.

“We believe our partners can assist the national police in resolving the situation.”

The 15-member UN Security Council would need to authorise a deployment of UN peacekeepers or police to Haiti.

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But the US official has told news agencies that Washington has no intention of sending troops to the embattled country. However, the senior official said it would be sending FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials to Haiti to help in the investigation.

The killing of Moise by a squad of gunmen in the early hours of Wednesday morning at his home in Port-au-Prince has pitched Haiti deeper into a political crisis that may worsen growing hunger, gang violence and a COVID-19 outbreak.

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