President Michel Martelly helped free Alan Gross from Cuba via diplomatic ties
According to several news sources, Haitian President Michel Martelly had a meeting with Cuban leader Raúl Castro on behalf of the United States for the release of Alan Gross. According to the sources, he was asked by Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson facilitate the relationship between Cuba and the United States since he has a good relationship with both. It is noted that this meeting took place in early 2013 when President Michel Martelly took a secrete trip to Cuba with his son Olivier Martelly
Following the meeting with the Cuban leader, President Martelly was personally contacted over the phone by Vice President Joe Biden to thank him for his efforts.
After the news of the cessation of the embargo between the United States of America and Cuba, Haitian President, Michel Martelly, issued a statement that expressed his felicitations for the news, as Haiti, closely entwined with both countries, has literally been stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place. Martelly used Haiti's position to facilitate the negotiations for the release of US citizen, Alan Gross.The tempering of relations between Cuba and the U.S. is expected to be a gradual thing, as both countries need to embark on a process of recovery.