US Sends Team to Haiti to Assess Security Needs After Assassination

By VOA News

VOA NEWS: Security officers checks the surroundings of a convoy of dark-colored vehicles as it makes its way to the U.S. embassy in the Tabarre neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 11, 2021.

The U.S. on Sunday dispatched a technical team to Haiti to assess its security and other needs in the aftermath of the assassination last week of President Jovenel Moise. 

It was not immediately clear which U.S. agencies were involved, but the team plans to report to President Joe Biden when it returns before any decisions are made about further U.S. involvement in the turmoil engulfing the Caribbean island nation, a senior U.S. official told Reuters.

The United States earlier rejected Haiti’s request for troops to quell sporadic violence linked to the assassination early Wednesday of Moise. He was shot to death at his home in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital.

Haiti police said two Americans and 26 Colombians, some of whom were former Colombian soldiers, took part in the attack, with some of the Colombian suspects still on the run.

The Biden administration official said the U.S. would also consult with its regional partners on the Haitian turmoil and the United Nations.

Some information for this story came from Reuters.

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