US cuts aid to Mali after coup

2012-03-26 22:50

Washington  - The Obama administration has cut off American aid to the government of Mali after last week's coup by soldiers.

State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland says US humanitarian and food assistance will continue for Mali's impoverished citizens.

She says, however, that military aid and other funds directed to Mali's government have now been suspended.

The US provides about $140m in annual assistance to the African country.

Nuland said Monday that more than $60m of that total could be affected by the new policy.

She said the US was hoping democratic governance could be restored, leading to the resumption of US assistance.

Army mutineers claim they overthrew the government because it was mishandling an ethnic insurgency in northern Mali.