U.S. delegation despatched to Haiti departs in a while after arrival when gunshots heard at president’s funeral


A delegation despatched to Haiti by way of President Biden — together with U.S. ambassador the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield — left that nation in a while after arriving when gunshots have been heard on the funeral for assassinated President Jovenel Moïse, the White House showed on Friday. Thomas-Greenfield and different officers stated the delegation had returned to the U.S. safely, CBS News’ Pamela Falk showed. 

White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated Friday afternoon that “the presidential delegation is safe and accounted for in light of the reported shootings outside of the funeral.” The document of gunshots at Moïse’s funeral have been first reported by way of Reuters. 

The White House had introduced Friday morning of a delegation led by way of Thomas-Greenfield that might be going to Haiti to “pay respects upon the death” of Moïse, who was once shot useless in his house on July 7. Friday’s state funeral was once meant to foster cohesion, but it surely was once roiled by way of tear fuel and gunfire. Mourners shouted  “Justice for Jovenel!” and cheered as Moïse’s widow, Martine, gave a rousing eulogy that steered her husband were killed because of his paintings for the folk of Haiti, in keeping with The Associated Press. Martine was once additionally wounded within the assault that killed her husband.

“They’re watching us, waiting for us to be afraid,” she stated about his killers. “We don’t want vengeance or violence. We’re not going to be scared.”  

The funeral comes simply days after period in-between Prime Minister Claude Joseph stepped apart, and was once changed by way of Ariel Henry, who was once designated by way of Moïse to interchange Joseph days sooner than he was once slain.  

Thomas-Greenfield stated within the commentary that the delegation that sooner than departing, the bipartisan delegation met with  Henry, in addition to Joseph, who’s now the overseas minister, and different officers. The U.S. delegation “underscored the commitment of the United States to support an inclusive and peaceful dialogue in Haiti” to the Haitian officers, Thomas-Greenfield stated. 

“The people of Haiti deserve peace, security, and a better future. Now is the time for the international community to come together to support the Haitian people in a time of great suffering,” Thomas-Greenfield stated in commentary.

The Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Haiti to pay respects upon the loss of life of His Excellency Jovenel Moïse, Former President of the Republic of Haiti integrated: Linda Thomas-Greenfield, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, who lead the delegation; Michele J. Sison, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti; Gregory Meeks, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Jeff Fortenberry, Member of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives;Daniel Foote, Special Envoy to Haiti, U.S. Department of State; and, Juan S. Gonzalez, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere, National Security Council.

National safety adviser Jake Sullivan stated Friday that the U.S. will proceed to offer” requested assistance, including equipment and training” to the federal government of Haiti. 

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