Secretary of State Kerry Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Haiti
U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, spoke on Haiti's 210th anniversary, saying the U.S. wants ". . . to help all Haitians . . . chart a path toward greater peace, security, and prosperity." .
Kerry spoke about legislation in Congress for recovery efforts, after the 2010 earthquake shattered Haiti.
Kerry is re-committing to Haiti's development ". . . in a way that creates an opportunity to emerge better off and better prepared", with help from the U.S.
Here is a picture of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as he arrived in Haiti. He is meeting Haitian President Michel Martelly.
On October 6, 2015, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stopped at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince to discuss with the Haitian President about the preparations of the country's upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections on October 25th. During his brief stopover, Kerry has said that it is a fact that democracy requires a great deal more than elections, but elections are the essential starting points for democracy. Haiti needs governing institutions that are legitimate and representative and that can be achieved only through a fair and free election. A fair election is an election without any intimidation and violence. Kerry has also stressed that a fair election can establish a representative administration and moreover, it would be an essential starting point for democracy and the key to attract foreign investment.
Here is a picture of Haiti Prime Minister Evans Paul with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington D.C.
Paul Evans, the Haitian Prime Minister accompanying Godson Orélus, the CEO of the PNH and Mr. Fritz Jean-Louis, his Delegate Minister of on election matters, reached Washington DC (USA), on a three day tour (September 16 to 18). He had a packed well prepared agenda with him for his U.S tour. He had to attend the forum of the Black Caucus Foundation, to meet the U.S Secretary of State John Kerry and discuss the importance and his administration's ability to hold a fair, free and credible election in Haiti. As the Organization of American States (OAS) is actively observing the Haitian election, the Prime Minister visited its headquarters and met the honorable Luis Leonardo Almagro Lemes (Uruguay), the Secretary General and Ambassador Nestor Mendes (Belize), the Assistant Secretary General of OAS, respectively.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected in Haiti Friday, Devember 12, 2014.
Secretary of State John Kerry's 38 Years in Public Service
Secretary of State John Kerry was born in 1943 in Denver, Colorado. He attended Yale and earned his J.D. from Boston College.
Serving in the Navy in Vietnam, he earned three medals of Honor. He practiced law privately before becoming Massachusetts's Lieutenant Governor.
He is a five-term senator and chaired the Foreign Relations Committee. He made an unsuccessful run for president in 2004, and in 2013 was installed as the 68th secretary of state.
Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe flew to Washington recently, where he met with US Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the long-awaited elections in the Caribbean country and the prolonged delay. During the meeting Kerry stated the need for a speedy conclusion to the gridlock caused by the Haitian Senate being unable to vote on the election bill, and Lamothe made assurances that one would be sought. If the country does not have an election by January 12, 2015, the Parliament would be thrown into chaos.
Here is a picture of US Secretary of State John Karry with Haitian President Michel Martelly on February 5, 2014. This was during a visit of the Haitian President, his first after three years in office.
President Barack Obama will be meeting with the Haitian Presidend
to discuss issues related to Haiti's economic and political future.
In addition, the U.S. is interested in the political stability of Haiti and will support free, fair elections
Some of the Legislative and local elections in Haiti have been delayed for more than two years.