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Suspension of US Embassy Bangui Operations

The US Embassy Bangui (Central African Republic or CAR) has temporarily suspended operations as of December 28, 2012, as a result of the security situation in the Central African Republic. However, the United States has not suspended diplomatic relations with the Central African Republic.

US Ambassador Lawrence Wohlers and his diplomatic team left Bangui on December 27, 2012, along with several private United States citizens. As a result of the suspension of operations at the US Embassy Bangui, the Embassy will be unable to provide routine consular services to United States citizens in the Central African Republic until further notice.

The decision to suspend operations at the US Embassy Bangui was made solely due to concerns regarding the security of United States personnel, and it has no relation to the United States’ continuing and long-standing diplomatic relations with the Central African Republic.

The United States encourages all parties in the Central African Republic to participate in the dialogue to be held under the auspices of the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) to develop a comprehensive agreement that will offer a new vision of peace and security for the Central African Republic.

See BBC Profile of Central African Republic (CAR).

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