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U.S. to Withdraw Ambassador to Zambia After Gay Rights Dispute

  • Row could jeopardize $500 million in annual aid from the U.S.
  • U.S. is said to have no plans to send a replacement to Zambia
Edgar Lungu
Edgar Lungu

Photographer: Gulshan Khan/AFP via Getty Images

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The U.S. has decided to withdraw its ambassador to Zambia, after the president of the southern African nation said he didn’t want him there for criticizing the jailing of two men for having a consensual relationship, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The U.S. has no immediate plans to replace Ambassador Daniel Foote, one person said, asking not to be identified as the information isn’t public.