Port-au-Prince, September 26.- The Prime Minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry, expressed his confidence that the United Nations Security Council will approve the deployment of a multinational force that will help the country combat gangs.
Henry returned this Monday from New York, where he participated in the 78th United Nations General Assembly and held bilateral conversations with dignitaries from various countries.
On Wednesday, the head of Government met with the President of Kenya, William Ruto, and discussed the possible deployment of the mission that would be led by the African country.
In the meeting I had with President William Ruto, the president of the country of Kenya, he told me that the police and soldiers have already started training and tying backpacks to help us. They are waiting for the consent of the United Nations Security Council to land, the president said at a press conference upon his arrival.
The two countries also agreed to establish diplomatic relations from September 20 and exchange ambassadors.
Henry held a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who reiterated his country's commitment to the Caribbean nation and announced new sanctions against the Haitian economic elite for their alleged support of gangs.
Trudeau also confirmed a contribution of an additional $80 million for humanitarian aid and security assistance to Haiti.
Last Friday, the head of Government participated in a high-level meeting on the security situation with the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, and the Kenyan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alfred Nganga Mutua.
Blinken indicated that the United States is willing to provide financial and logistical support to said mission with intelligence and logistics assistance.
Henry was received this Monday in the Haitian capital by dozens of people who praised his participation in the UN and congratulated his defense of national sovereignty, in the midst of a conflict with the neighboring Dominican Republic over the construction of the irrigation canal.
In fact, the president assured that the Government will not back down in the construction of the canal that will have to irrigate some three thousand hectares of the Maribaroux plain, in the northeast of the country.
The prime minister also dismissed the recent message from gang coalitions, which promised to cease their actions against the defenseless population.
Gangs cannot give peace, gangs cannot live together, gangs are like yin and yang, gangs are divisions. People who support gangs cannot have good social projects for the country, he said. (Text and photo: PL)