The US State Department announced the appointment of Ambassador Daniel Foote as its special envoy to the Republic of Haiti, explaining that his role will focus on working to ensure the stability of the country and the holding of fair presidential and parliamentary elections after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise earlier this month.
“The Special Envoy 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 and security, and assist in investigations,” the statement asserted.
“In addition, the Special Envoy will engage civil society and private sector stakeholders in our search for Haitian-led solutions to the many pressing challenges” facing the country, the statement continued, noting that he, along with the US Ambassador to Haiti, will lead diplomatic efforts. He will also coordinate the efforts of the US federal agencies in Haiti from Washington, provide advice to the US State Department and coordinate with the National Security Council the efforts of the US administration to support the people and democratic institutions in Haiti.
Foote previously served as deputy chief of the US diplomatic mission in Haiti and US ambassador to Zambia.
The authorities in Haiti, which is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, are struggling to extend their control over the country in the face of criminal gangs, especially after the assassination of Jovenel Moyes on the seventh of this July inside his private residence in Port-au-Prince by a group of gunmen, most of whom of a Colombian mercenary, in an incident still shrouded in the great mystery