World Bulletin/News Desk
Nigeria has abruptly asked the United States to discontinue military training for its army, the U.S. embassy in Abuja said on Monday.
"At the request of the Nigerian government, the United States will discontinue its training of a Nigerian Army battalion," the embassy said in the statement.
The statement said that Nigeria has given no particular reason for discontinuing the program.
The U.S. embassy regretted the cancellation of the military training, saying it would have been a boost in the battle against insurgency.
"Based on mutual assessment of the Nigerian Army and U.S. trainers, a third iteration of training was agreed upon with the intent of developing the battalion into a unit with advanced infantry skills," the statement said.
"The U.S. government will continue other aspects of the extensive bilateral security relationship as well as all other assistance program," it added.
The decision comes as Nigeria-U.S. relations enter a new low, following the refusal of the latter to sell arms to Nigeria to consolidate its efforts in fighting the Boko Haram militant group.
American officials have repeatedly angered Nigeria in their criticism of its human rights record.
Two weeks ago, the Nigerian envoy to Washington criticized the U.S. for allegedly frustrating the country's counterterrorism campaign by refusing to sell required arms to Nigeria. Washington has rejected the accusations.Last Mod: 02 Aralık 2014, 12:21