LatinNews Daily - 26 July 2021

US appoints special envoy for Haiti

Haiti: On 22 July the US Department of State announced that Daniel Foote, a former deputy chief of mission in Haiti (2011-2012), would serve as its Special Envoy for Haiti. According to a US Department of State press release, Foote will “engage with Haitian and international partners to facilitate long-term peace and stability and support efforts to hold free and fair presidential and legislative elections. He will also work with partners to coordinate assistance efforts in several areas, including humanitarian, security, and investigative assistance. Additionally, the Special Envoy will engage stakeholders in civil society and the private sector as we pursue Haitian-led solutions to the many pressing challenges facing Haiti”. The statement notes that along with the US ambassador to Haiti, Foote will lead US diplomatic efforts and coordinate the efforts of US federal agencies in Haiti, “advise the Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and coordinate closely with the National Security Council staff” on US efforts to support the Haitian people and Haiti’s democratic institutions in the aftermath of the 7 July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.

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