Haiti - Diplomacy : Brazil welcomes Haitians with open arms
Excerpts from the speech of Brazilian Ambassador Fernado Vidal :
"[...] Thank you all for coming to the 197th anniversary of Brazil's independence [...] It's the independence of the biggest black country out of Africa. We are 210 million inhabitants, 54% of whom are of African descent [...]
I salute the recent Haitian immigration coming to Brazil to stay there. Brazil has created exclusive migration legislation for Haitians who want to settle in my country to live and work honestly, alone or with their families. We opened this door for the Haitians and we decided to throw the key, because now the Haitians are a permanent part of our Nation, with their sons, a new generation of Brazilian-Haitians.< B>
We are happy to welcome you, to receive your culture which is incorporated like many others to the Brazilian, happy to receive your talents for the arts, painting, sculpture, music, football and obviously for your work and for your contribution to our economic growth.
In this mosaic of nationalities that represent the Brazilian nation, we lacked the Haitians, who join our great Brazilian family and are received in several cities of my country. Our strength comes from our diversity, influences received from the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
We receive you and you will receive open arms, like those of the statue of Christ, in Rio.
In the commemoration of September 7 in Haiti, the greatest contributions we can make to Haitians are those we have in abundance : joy, work, generosity and peace.
Haiti is one of the most important countries for Brazilian cooperation, a separate cooperation of commercial interests, based on solidarity and mutual benefits, horizontality and balance of interests; respect for sovereignty and non-interference; without imposition of conditions. The largest project of Brazilian cooperation in the world is in Haiti, in the field of health. [...]
Haiti is a beloved country of Brazil, admired for its fascinating history and warm people and friend. Brazil wants even the victory of Haiti, peace and prosperity of Haitians. Brazil has a long-term commitment to Haiti's institutional stability and development, as well as a firm commitment to continue to contribute politically to strengthening democracy in that country.
I look forward to welcoming and congratulating a new government that is approved by Parliament. I believe that the whole Diplomatic Corps will be happy to be able to work with a government approved according to the Haitian Constitution, and that the Haitians can prove once again that they are capable of solving their own difficulties in peace and order [...]"