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Haiti - Politic : First working day of President Martelly in Washington
06/02/2014 08:53:17

Haiti - Politic : First working day of President Martelly in Washington
Wednesday as part of his official visit to the United States, President Michel Joseph Martelly, had a fruitful meeting at the State Department, with the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Before this interview, John Kerry, the former presidential candidate of the United States praised the leadership of President Martelly "It is a great pleasure for me to welcome President Michel Martelly from Haiti, and really with great respect for the road that he has put Haiti on and the enormous commitment that he has made to transition from reconstruction into a long-term development program. And under his leadership, elections are now on the horizon, which could for the first time provide the filling out of all of the electoral positions to Haiti and begin to stabilize and hopefully build on the progress that he has achieved with respect to economic development, the improvement of the economy, the improvement of health. The indicators have gone up, and that’s the direction that we want to see it going."

U.S. Secretary of State, who returned on the involvement of the Haitian community in the United States, notably that of Boston, after January 12, 2010, when he was senator of Massachusetts, recalled the request of the Haitian to help Haiti to be a different country from the past and renewed the commitment of the United States to support Haiti on the path of progress.

President Martelly, for his part, thanked the American people and the Secretary of State for the strong relations between the two countries and the continued support of the United States to Haiti "I’d like to take a minute to thank the people of the United States, you, your government, for always supporting Haiti, particularly at the time of big struggle. Today, I am here to talk to you about this new Haiti, a Haiti who wants to distance itself from aid and prioritize investment so we can create jobs [...]"

This interview with U.S. Secretary of State, preceded the meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), at Longworth House, where he was question of strengthening ties that bind the CBC with Haiti, their accompanying to the process of strengthening of the rule of law and national dialogue.

Then the Head of State went to the "Howard University" the most prestigious African American university. https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-10451-haiti-news-some-news-here-and-there.html where he talked about the importance of education.

President Martelly, accompanied by Pierre Richard Casimir, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Wilson Laleau, Minister of Economy and Finance, Ambassador Paul Altidor and Anne-Valérie Milford, Head of Cabinet of the Presidency, also met at Rayburn House with Republican Deputy Matt Salmon. Thereafter, the Head of State met some members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, including Representative Ileana Ros Lehtinen of the 27th District of Florida. Was discussed including the electoral process, political dialogue, the sustainability of the rule of law, institutional strengthening, development aid and the reconstruction of Haiti.

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