US evacuates embassy in Central African Republic
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States evacuated its embassy in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Thursday and temporarily halted its operations, amid security fears after rebels seized large swathes of the country.
The State Department said it had not broken off diplomatic ties with the beleaguered government in Bangui, but warned US citizens not to travel to the mineral-rich but chronically unstable country while unrest continues.
"Ambassador (Lawrence) Wohlers and his diplomatic team left Bangui today along with several private US citizens," a statement said.
"This decision is solely due to concerns about the security of our personnel and has no relation to our continuing and long-standing diplomatic relations with the CAR," the State Department said.