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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is headed to Haiti, where he plans to spend the day on Wednesday urging dialogue between the country’s embattled president and opposition parties calling for his resignation.
The Florida Republican senator is visiting as chairman of the Senate’s Western Hemisphere subcommittee, said Laura Ortiz, who handles foreign policy press inquiries and Hispanic media outreach for the senator’s office.
“The goal is to urge for dialogue,” she said. “The U.S. obviously is continuing to call on the actors to engage in dialogue and that’s the message.”
Rubio, who had been critical of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse over his support of Venezuela, has been less vocal since Haiti joined the United States in not recognizing “the legitimacy” of President Nicolás Maduro as he prepared to begin a new term in January and then again as the Trump administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó after he declared himself interim president of the oil-rich South American nation.
In #Haiti today to meet with President @moisejovenel & other key leaders to encourage all sides to enter into good faith talks & make progress towards scheduled elections— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 20, 2019
Will also discuss threat of #China predatory economic practices & our partnership on security & #Venezuela
#Haiti is an important neighbor to #Florida.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 20, 2019
Our goal is to support the people of #Haiti in their aspiration for a country that is prosperous, democratic & safe while respecting their sovereignty.
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