Top U.S. Official Meets Haiti’s President

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Department of State says acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with Haitian President Jovenel Moise last month, on the margins of the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru.

sullivan johnThe State Department said Sullivan and Moise on April 13 discussed security and economic growth in Haiti, “as well as democracy in the region.”

“Acting Secretary Sullivan thanked President Moise for his leadership as Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and urged consensus within the organization to promote and defend democracy,” the statement read.

It stated that both men also discussed the importance of continued support for the Haitian National Police.

“The two leaders agreed that Haiti and its partners should increase efforts to improve the investment climate in Haiti to create jobs for Haitians and increase economic prosperity,” the State Department noted.

CANCELLATION

In February, Sullivan abruptly cancelled a planned trip to Haiti. At the time, he was expected to hold talks with CARICOM leaders during their three-day inter-sessional summit in the French-speaking Caribbean country.

The State Department had said then that Sullivan would “focus discussions on issues of mutual interest to the United States and the Caribbean, including energy diversification, regional security and economic development.”

Sullivan’s proposed visit would have come as U.S. lawmakers, Haitians and other Caribbean nationals in the U.S. had expressed profound outrage over American President Donald J Trump’s alleged disparaging remarks about Haitians and Africans.

Author  Edited from CMC
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