The interim government of Haiti formally requested from the United States and United Nations to send peacekeeping forces into the country to protect vital key infrastructure following the assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise earlier this week.

“We definitely need assistance and we’ve asked our international partners for help,” interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph told The Associated Press (AP) in an interview Friday. “We believe our partners can assist the national police in resolving the situation.”

Haiti is currently in a state of turmoil and teeters closer to chaos.

Yet, the U.S. government rejected the request. “[There are] no plans to provide U.S. military assistance at this time,” a senior U.S. official said.

Washington is, nevertheless, sending a team of FBI investigators and Homeland Security officials to assist with the ongoing investigation into the assassination.

“Making sure we are providing resources, in terms of woman and manpower, but also financial resources, is part of what our objective is as well,” the White House spokesperson, Jen Psaki, said.

Two Americans Arrested in Relation to the Assassination

Among the 17 men captured following Moise’s murder are two Haitian-Americans identified as James Solages, 35, and Joseph Vincent, 55, both from Florida. Eight men remain at large.

Most of the 26 people that so far are known to be involved in the assassination are retired Colombian soldiers.