A delegation from the Organization of American States met with Haiti’s President, Jovenel Moise Wednesday to discuss the political crisis, as well as matters of security. Moise posted a message and a photo on Twitter after the meeting.
“I remain convinced that dialogue is the only tool that will allow us to resolve our political differences,” he said.
Carlos Trujillo, U.S. ambassador to the Permanent Council of the OAS, and Gonzalo Koncke, chief of staff for OAS secretary general Luis Almagro, met with Moise and his foreign minister, Bocchit Edmond, in the capital, Port-au-Prince.
According to a report in the Miami Herald, Haiti requested the visit in an official letter sent to Trujillo on June 14. Edmond told the Herald that Moise hoped the OAS would help “facilitate a dialogue” between himself and “those demanding his ouster.”
No further details about the meeting have been made public, but the national dialogue issue has been discussed for months without a commitment to move forward.
News of the OAS representatives’ visit was met with scathing criticism in Port-au-Prince.
Massive protests have roiled Haiti for weeks, with thousands nationwide demanding the president’s resignation over fraud and corruption allegations. Protesters were in the streets today as the meeting was taking place.
Moise sparked national outrage when a report published on May 31 on government spending of revenue from the PetroCaribe oil alliance with Venezuela implicated two of his companies. The report alleged both companies were paid for the same project.
The president has denied the allegations and rejects calls for his resignation.