Is Martelly pulling Medina’s leg?
President Michel Martelly of Haiti and President Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic met in the morning of Tuesday 13 October 2015 at the Maria Montez International Airport in the southwestern province of Barahona. The meeting was called at the last minute.
There were expectations in the DR that the meeting was called to discuss the lifting of the ban on 23 Dominican products and other matters.
Following lunch the meeting continued for four hours and 35 minutes.
After the outcome was known, the local media has speculated that President Martelly may have been “pulling the leg” of the Dominican President. Despite expectations, President Medina returned to Santo Domingo with the ban on Dominican overland exports still effective.
Dominican truckers have responded to the ban that is in place since 1 October 2015 by blockading the border to cargo and people traffic at the authorized entry points.
The governments of Haiti and DR issued a joint statement with the six action points that were agreed upon with a follow-up meeting scheduled for 15 days time in Haiti to discuss the ban on the 23 products.
According to Foreign Minister Andres Navarro and his Haitian counterpart Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin, they agreed to normalize diplomatic relations: the Haitian government will send an ambassador to the Dominican Republic and Dominican Ambassador Ruben Silie will return to Haiti.
They added that that the customs agreement that was signed during a previous meeting between the two Presidents would be implemented. The Presidents also agreed to support the border region development initiative, Plan Quisqueya, which is being funded by private investors. In addition, communications would continue on the repatriations.
Foreign Affairs Minister Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin, Economics and Finance Minister Wilson Laleau, Industry and Commerce Minister Jude Herve Day, Interior Minister Ardouin Zephrin, Communications Minister Mario Dupus, and Michel Chancy, Secretary of State for Livestock Farming accompanied Martelly, along with Haitian embassy employees in the Dominican Republic.
President Medina’s entourage was made up of Foreign Minister Andres Navarro, Presidency Minister Gustavo Montalvo, Administrative Minister of the Presidency, Jose Ramon Peralta, Minister of Industry and Commerce Jose del Castillo Savinon, Minister of Interior and Police, Jose Ramon Fadul and Customs Director Fernando Fernandez.
The Dominican ambassador to Haiti, Ruben Silie, Migration Director Major General Ruben Paulino Sem and Minister of Agriculture Angel Estevez were also present.
Source: DR1, Listindiario
Oct 14, 2015
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