Haiti PM Conille visits Washington, meets with international financial institutions and White House officials

Police tanks patrol the area near the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on June 28, 2024 © Clarens SIFFROY / AFP

By AFP, June 29, 2024

Prime Minister Garry Conille, head the country's transitional government, and other officials will meet in Washington. This meeting comes days after Kenyan police finally arrived in violence-ravaged Haiti, on a long-awaited mission to help stabilize the Caribbean nation, upended by powerful gangs.

Washington has promised generous funding for the UN-backed mission, but ruled out sending American troops. Conille will meet with Principal Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer on Monday, a National Security Council spokesperson said.

According to his office, Conille, along with his economic and foreign ministers as well as other officials, will also hold "important working meetings" with the heads of international financial institutions.

They will also visit Haiti's embassy in Washington and travel to New York, it said.

Haiti has long been rocked by gang violence, but conditions sharply worsened at the end of February when armed groups launched coordinated attacks in Port-au-Prince, saying they wanted to overthrow then-prime minister Ariel Henry.

Henry announced in early March that he would step down and hand over executive power to a transitional council, which named Conille as the country's interim prime minister on May 29.

The violence in Port-au-Prince has affected food security and humanitarian aid access, with much of the city in the hands of gangs accused of abuses including murder, rape, looting and kidnappings.

The multinational Kenyan force, greenlit last year by the UN Security Council, had been held up for months amid challenges to its deployment in Kenyan courts before the first police officers arrived on Tuesday.

 

Posted June 29, 2024