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Privert encounters Obama ahead of 71st General Assembly speech

Valéry Bennett

National Palace Correspondent

NEW YORK, New York, US ( – President Jocelerme Privert met with President Barack Obama on Tuesday during a cocktail reception for the 71st United Nations General Assembly in New York.

A press note from the National Palace said the two Head of States exchanged for a few minutes and discussed issues related to the necessity of holding election in Haiti, immigration and stability in the region. Obama stressed the important of the October 9, 2016 elections for both countries, according to the palace.

The United States had pledged financial support for Haiti’s elections in 2015 but withdrew the backing after the Haitians scrubbed that cycles results for finding massive fraud.

Other Engagements Scheduled

President Privert will participate in several high-level meetings of which details had not yet been disclosed. On Thursday, he will meet with Deputy Secretary General of the UN, Jan Eliasson.

And of course, on Friday, the President of the Republic of Haiti will deliver his much anticipated speech to the UN Tribune on Friday, September 23, 2016.

Privert is under intense pressure from groups he is politically aligned with in Haiti to demand reparations for the cholera outbreak of October 14, 2010. It was during the summer that the United Nations finally admitted to playing a role in the introduction of the disease into 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.