SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (sentinel.ht) – It was from the Dominican press that Haitians first learned, Monday, that President-elect Jovenel Moise was on a visit to the Dominican Republic, reports Le Nouvelliste.
Later, Monday evening, the Haitian Ambassador to Santo Domingo, Idabert Pierre-Jean, confirmed the news in a “terse” manner, reported the paper. “President Jovenel Moïse is here and we are still at the [Dominican] national palace,” said the Ambassador Pierre-Jean to the paper at 9 PM EST Monday.
Asked about the purpose of the president-elect’s visit to the neighboring territory, the diplomat replied: “I do not know. It is a private visit, he is the special guest of President Medina. They’re having dinner now. Tomorrow they will have visits to the places and work…”
According to Dominican media, President Danilo Medina received on Monday at the national palace Jovenel Moïse, where they discussed various issues relating to bilateral relations between the two countries. Mr. Moise’s arrival was scheduled for 5:30 PM EST, but the plane landed at 7:08 PM at Isabela airport in Santo Domingo.
Jovenel Moïse traveled by Sunrise Airways airline. He was received by the Dominican Minister of Foreign Affairs, Miguel Vargas Maldonado, and the Haitian Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Idalbert Pierre-Jean.
According to the Dominican press, Jovenel Moses said he was on a courtesy visit to the Dominican Republic for two days. He will also meet with the authorities of the country and leaders of different sectors of the national life. He will deal with issues such as tourism, the free trade area, and migration, among others.
The President-elect took the opportunity to invite Danilo Medina to his inauguration on February 7, 2017 in Port-au-Prince.