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New Dominican Foreign Affairs Minister arrives in Port-au-Prince

Valéry Bennett

National Palace Correspondent

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – The newly appointed Dominican Minister of Foreign Affairs, Miguel Vargas, made, for his first international trip, an official visit to Port-au-Prince. It comes just days after the Haitian president attended the second inauguration of Dominican President Danilo Medina.

Minister Vargas, who replaces the controversial Andrés Navarro, was received by the President of the Republic, His Excellency Jocelerme Privert, at the National Palace.

A meeting was held in the presence of the Haitian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pierrot Delienne, the Minister of Economy and Finance, Yves R. Bastien, Minister of Trade and Industry, Jessy C. Petit-Frere, the Secretary-General and the Chief of Staff of the Presidency, Anthony Barbier and Jean-Max Bellerive, respectively.

The Head of State highlighted several points of the economy with the Dominican chancellor during the meeting. In the process, he reiterated his commitment to work towards the completion of the electoral process.

The two men also discussed the urgent need for a harmonious collaboration between the two countries that share the island. The President of the Republic called for a permanent dialogue Dominican Republic and the Republic of Haiti, prerequisite for a relationship conducive to the development of two populations. The migration problem, investments, trade issues and transportation were also discussed in the meeting.

In the presence of members of the press, the President of the Republic and the Dominican and Haitian Chancellors had calmly discussed major issues concerning the two neighboring countries.

After a short head-to-head, a joint press conference was given to Haitian and foreign journalists.

“This visit is an expression of solidarity between the two peoples sharing the Island,” said Jocelerme Privert who welcomed the first visit of the new Dominican chancellor in the country.

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About The Author

Valéry Bennett is a graduate student of Digital Publishing at ESCP, Paris. He is of Haitian descent and participates in the biennial mission trip with his church.