The international community and the countries of the region will be ready to promote dialogue that leads to the resolution of conflicts in the Haitian people, said today the charge d’affaires of the United States embassy in the country, Robert Thomas.
The diplomat assured that the solution to this crisis must come from the Haitian people and that it is they who must establish the road map they must follow.
The Haitian population is going through a strong political, social and economic crisis that worsened after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in the early hours of the morning in one of the rooms of his family residence.
The neighboring nation is in turn considered a great challenge for the Dominican Republic, a nation that is one of the fastest growing in its economic activity, while Haiti increases its poverty to extreme levels, and lacks levels of security or traffic controls of drugs and weapons, or from other cultures alien to democracy.
Meanwhile, Haitian criminal gangs continue to wreak havoc in the neighboring territory, where health systems continue to collapse, women in labor continue to occupy Dominican hospital beds and pressurize public finances with spending on health, education in rural schools, food from canteens economic, subsidized essential medicines, consumption of electricity and water services, among others.
The American diplomat answered questions from attendees at the traditional Thanksgiving Day luncheon of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmchamDR) today at the El Embajador hotel.
In his speech, titled “Towards a Future Together,” Thomas said the US supports the government of President Abinader in its efforts to build strong and resilient public institutions through institutional reforms.
Thomas recognized the efforts of the Government of President Luis Abinader, with whom he said he met last April as part of one of the high-level dialogues, to strengthen democracy, eliminate corruption and improve the business climate in the country.
Regarding investments in critical infrastructure, Thomas understands that the Dominican Republic should consider maintaining ownership and control of its assets, in order to create a healthy and stable ecosystem for investments, in tune with the countries with which it shares values. The American diplomat considers that it is not a matter of competitiveness, but of maintaining stable long-term relationships with its key partners.
The US diplomat affirmed that it is among his priorities to resume the issuance of non-immigrant visas to applicants who apply for the first time, however, he said that the process will be gradual.
He revealed that after the reduction in services due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the United States consulate resumed applications for immigrant visas, study, work and renewal visas for B1 and B2.