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African Union Actions Regarding Mauritania and Guinea
(Dec. 29): The United States welcomes the firm and principled position taken by the African Union's Peace and Security Council. We support the strong leadership shown by the African Union in addressing the crisis in Mauritania created by the coup d’etat of August 6, 2008. Full Text

Mauritanian President's "Release"
(Dec. 22): The U.S. notes the reported "release" of Mauritania's elected President Abdallahi.  Full Text

Deputy Secretary's Call to Mauritanian President
(Dec. 2): Deputy Secretary Negroponte called President Abdallahi this morning to affirm U.S. support for his immediate restoration to power and Mauritania’s return to constitutional rule. Full Text

Mauritanian President Remains in Captivity
(Nov. 18): The United States reiterates its call for the immediate and unconditional release of Mauritanian President Abdallahi. We strongly support the efforts of the African Union to restore the President to his office and to re-establish constitutional order.
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Mauritania: Travel Restrictions
(Oct. 17): The Secretary of State on October 16, 2008 imposed travel restrictions to the United States on certain members of the military junta and the government, as well as other individuals who support policies or actions that undermine Mauritania’s return to constitutional rule.  Full Text

Mauritania: Military Coup
(Aug. 6): The United States condemns the Mauritanian military’s overthrow of the democratically-elected Government of Mauritania and welcomes the statements by the African Union and the European Union condemning the coup. Full Text

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