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World Leaders React to Killing of Haiti’s Moïse 


FILE - Haiti's President Jovenel Moise speaks during a news conference in Port-au-Prince. March 2, 2020.

World leaders are reacting to the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse:

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

“I condemn in the strongest terms the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse of the Republic of Haiti. The perpetrators of this crime must be brought to justice. The U.N. will continue to stand with the Government and the people of Haiti.”

U.S. President Joe Biden

“We are shocked and saddened to hear of the horrific assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and the attack on First Lady Martine Moïse of Haiti. We condemn this heinous act — and stand ready to assist as we continue to work for a safe and secure Haiti.”

Pope Francis

“On hearing the news of the heinous assassination of His Excellency Mr. Jovenel Moïse, President of Haiti, His Holiness Pope Francis offers his condolences to the Haitian people and to his wife, who was also seriously wounded, whose life he commends to God. Praying to the Father of Mercy for the repose of the soul of the deceased, the Holy Father expresses his sadness and condemns all forms of violence as a means of resolving crises and conflicts.”

Dominican Republic President Luis Abinader

“As president of the Dominican Republic I strongly condemn this reprehensible act against the democratic system, the stability, and the peace in our neighboring country, and I stand in solidarity with the Haitian people to whom I wish all the strength to face this difficult situation.”

Chile President Sebastian Piñera

“Our solidarity and condolences to his family and to all the Haitian people. We call for unity and peace in order to strengthen democracy and find a way out of the grave crisis that Haiti is going through.”

Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness

“We wish for the people of Haiti peace and stability at this time ... My thoughts and prayers are with the Moïse family and the Government and people of Haiti.”

Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei

“We condemn and reject the cowardly assassination of the president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse. This terrible act goes against the democratic order, we send our most sincere condolences to his family, the government and the Haitian people.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

“Canada stands with the people of Haiti during these difficult and uncertain times. Our two countries are united by a strong friendship, built on enduring people-to-people ties. Canada has a deep and longstanding commitment to Haiti, and we are ready to offer any assistance it needs.”

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis

“The government is deeply saddened by the assassination of the President of Haiti Jovenel Moïse and strongly condemns the actions of the perpetrators. We pray for the people of Haiti and offer our deepest condolences.”

Panama President Nito Cortizo

"Panamá regrets and strongly condemns the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. Our solidarity with his family and the Haitian people. Panamá calls for unity so that Haiti finds social peace and the reestablishment of its democratic institutions."

Nicolas de Riviere, French ambassador to the U.N. and rotating U.N. Security Council president

“This is a critical moment. I think we all knew it was sensitive and difficult on the ground in Haiti, in view of the political situation and the security situation, this puts that in even graver danger than before, so I’m quite confident the council will in a very quick way meet to see how we can continue to support the people of Haiti. I think this is a dark hour for them, and we certainly want to be sure we can express our support for the people of Haiti.”

Cuba President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez

“We deeply regret the death of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. We strongly condemn the violent act that caused his death. We send our condolences to his relatives and the Haitian people. We call for peace.”

Argentina President Alberto Fernández

“We condemn and deeply lament the assassination of Jovenel Moïse, president of Haiti. We are with the Haitian people and call for unity to reestablish the rule of law and democracy in light of this vicious crime.”

European Council President Charles Michel

“We condemn the assassination of President Moïse. Our condolences to his family and to the people of Haiti. We continue to monitor the situation and call for calm and stability. Only an inclusive political dialogue can ensure the organization of free and transparent elections.”

Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado Quesada

“I condemn the assassination of the president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, and the attack on first lady Martine Moïse. No political situation justifies criminal acts of violence. Solidarity to their family and the Haitian people. May stability, institutions and dialogue prevail.”

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley

“The assassination of President Moïse of Haiti is an atrocious act which Barbados vehemently condemns. Violence can never be a solution, and must be rejected in all circumstances. Barbados urges all to pause and work at all costs for peace.”

Colombia President Iván Duque

“We reiterate our rejection the vile and cowardly assassination of the president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, a defender of democracy and friend of Colombia.”

Belgium Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès

“The assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in #Haiti Flag of Haiti takes place in a context of unacceptable violence. Justice must fulfill its duty. The priority is to restore security for all Haitians, to allow for a peaceful exit from the crisis and a stabilization of the country.”

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson

“I am shocked and saddened at the death of President Moïse. Our condolences are with his family and the people of Haiti. This is an abhorrent act and I call for calm at this time.”

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