PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – After two years of limited high-level diplomatic relations, talks between Haiti and the Dominican Republic appear to be ready to resume, possibly as early as October 2016.
Since the mass deportation of the descendants of Haitian immigrants, dialogue between the two governments has not occurred beyond administrative dealings regarding the identification of Dominicans of Haitian descent and the reception of undocumented immigrants deported.
In the past month, the D.R. has agreed to see the cases of 112,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent who were not given their rights of citizenship back and Haitians have agreed to drop a ban on 23 products from the East.
On August 30, 2016, the Haitian and Dominican Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Pierrot Delian and Miguel Vargas, respectively, adopted measures to restart the Joint Binational Commission which meets at a frequency of every two months. The two men held a working session of several hours in the Haitian capital towards those ends.
The Foreign Ministers of Haiti and the Dominican Republic said essentially they want to boost trade and migration in all areas.
The first step in the resumption of negotiations is scheduled for October 19, 2016, with the working sessions between the technical commissions of the joint commission. Officials will update and validate the work of the sixth session conducted in November 2014.
In an effort to catch up, the two chancellors agreed to carry out before the end of the 7th session of the Joint Committee the priority objectives in the framework of the dialogue.
The Haitian minister described the meeting with his counterpart Dominican cordial rejoicing that Mr. Maldonado Haiti chose to make his first official foreign trip .
responding favorably in Haiti at the invitation of his Dominican counterpart Chancellor has proven its determination to work for friendly relations between the two states.