In a joint statement on Wednesday, Canada and the Dominican Republic announced their agreement for Canada to take the lead in coordinating assistance for Haiti. To support this effort, Canada will increase staffing at its embassies in Port-au-Prince and Santo Domingo.
The agreement resolves a recent public dispute regarding the establishment of a Canadian office in Dominican territory, which had the potential to complicate ongoing international efforts to strengthen Haiti’s police force.
The joint statement emphasized the strong bilateral relations between Canada and the Dominican Republic, highlighting their longstanding partnership, particularly in regional security matters.
Both countries acknowledged the urgent need for enhanced international cooperation, humanitarian aid, and security assistance to address the crisis in Haiti.