LUIS ABINADER IN WASHINGTON TO LOBBY FOR HAITI
TRUENEWSBLOG- President Luis Abinader travels on Wednesday, 14 September 2022 to Washington, D.C. for meetings on Thursday, 15 September with US Vice President Kamala Harris and other US government officials.
President Abinader from day one has pleaded for the international community for support to contain the violence in Haiti, citing its impact is regional.
Abinader has repeatedly urged that the world not leave the Dominican Republic to fend for itself as the social, economic, political crisis in Haiti escalates and migration and crime pressures continue to impact this side of the island of Hispaniola.
President Abinader was on schedule to travel at 8:30am from the San Isidro Air Base, arriving by noon to the US capital.
The Presidency explains that President Abinader will meet first at the US Capitol with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, at 1:45 pm. Afterwards, he is scheduled to meet with the president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Mauricio Claver-Carone.
On Thursday, 15 September, President Abinader will meet with US legislators as of 10am. The meeting is organized by Dominican-American congressman, Adriano Espaillat.
Next on his agenda for Thursday is the meeting with US Vice President Kamala Harris from noon to 4pm at the official residence for guests of the President of the United States (Blair House).
During this official trip to the US capital city, President Abinader has also scheduled meetings with Senator Bob Menendez, chairman of the U.S. Congressional Foreign Relations Committee and with Samantha Power, Administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
Also, with Juan Gonzalez, Special Assistant to the President and Director for the Western Hemisphere of the National Security Council; and with Philip Gordon, Special Assistant to USPresident Joe Biden and National Security Advisor to US Vice President Kamala Harris.
The President is traveling with Minister of Foreign Relations Roberto Álvarez; his assistants Eilyn Beltrán and Lourdes Herrera; and security headed by the Presidential Security Corps (CUSEP), Brigadier General Jimmy Arias Grullón.
President Luis Abinader is scheduled to return to the country on Thursday evening.
The media indicates that Haiti is the main topic to be discussed during the visit of President Abinader to Washington. The visit takes place as escalating of violence in Haiti continues to make headlines.
The Dominican Republic has requested a special session of the OAS committee on Haiti.–