The United States Ambassador to Haiti and Haiti’s Prime Minister are in touch several times per day as the U.S. mobilizes earthquake relief aid and continues to assist in the murder investigation of Jovenel Moïse, officials from USAID and the U.S. State Department said.
On the Aug. 17 conference call with reporters, the officials also provided more details about the level of support the U.S. is marshaling following the deadly 7.2 magnitude earthquake.
“Our ambassador [to Haiti] is speaking with the prime minister several times per day,” said Laura Lochman, a State Department Western Hemisphere Affairs secretary. “In the wake of the tragic assassination of President Moise we continue to work closely with Haiti’s interim government to assist in the investigation.”
While the assassination investigation continues, all parties have said the immediate priority is providing rescue and relief support to the 1.2 million Haitians in the southwestern region impacted by the earthquake. The officials did not say the amount of U.S. government funds allocated to the relief effort, but they shared details of the personnel and equipment in