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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken


October 14, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |

The US government will pull visas belonging to current and former Haitian government officials involved with gangs and other criminal organizations as well as provide security and humanitarian assistance to Haiti.

Senior US officials speaking to reporters said the US delegation was arriving in the Caribbean country that has been paralyzed by gangs and anti-government protests and is facing severe shortages of water, fuel and other basic food items.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement Wednesday that the US will increase “security assistance” to Haiti’s National Policy “to strengthen their capacity to counter gangs and re-establish a stable security environment”.

The US officials declined to name which Haitian officials would see their visas revoked or how many would be affected, which also applies to their immediate family members.

The US officials also said the government is working with Mexico on a UN resolution proposing specific sanctions and additional measures to address the many challenges Haiti faces.  The officials noted that the US Coast Guard deployed a major cutter at the request of local officials.

The agency said it diverted a 270-foot cutter to patrol waters near the capital of Port-au-Prince.

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