WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden stated Thursday that the U.S. will bolster safety at its embassy in Haiti following final week’s assassination of that nation’s president, however sending American troops to stabilize the nation was “not on the agenda.”
Haiti’s interim authorities final week requested the U.S. and the United Nations to deploy troops to guard key infrastructure following President Jovenel Moïse’s assassination. Biden signaled he was not open to the request, which comes as he’s drawing down U.S. forces in Afghanistan this summer time.
“We’re solely sending American Marines to our embassy,” Biden stated. “The thought of sending American forces to Haiti just isn’t on the agenda,” he added.
Mathias Pierre, Haiti’s elections minister, informed The Related Press Thursday that he believes the request for U.S. troops is related given what he referred to as a “fragile scenario” and the necessity to create a safe surroundings for elections scheduled to occur in 120 days.
He additionally stated Biden’s remark that sending U.S. troops was “not on the agenda” nonetheless leaves the choice open.
”This isn’t a closed door. The evolution of the scenario will decide the end result,” Pierre stated. “Within the meantime, the federal government is doing all the things we are able to to stabilize the nation, return to a traditional surroundings and set up elections whereas making an attempt to come back to a political settlement with most political events.”
The request for U.S. intervention recalled the tumult following Haiti’s final presidential assassination, in 1915, when an indignant mob dragged President Vilbrun Guillaume Sam out of the French Embassy and beat him to dying. In response, President Woodrow Wilson despatched Marines into Haiti, justifying an American navy occupation—which lasted almost twenty years—as a option to avert anarchy.
Biden addressed the scenario in Haiti throughout a joint press convention on the White Home with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.