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Kenya establishes diplomatic ties with Haiti ahead of police deployment

Kenya has formally established diplomatic relations with Haiti, a country whose gang violence has escalated since the killing of President Jovenel Mossé in 2021, which remains unsolved. Currently, criminals control large areas of the capital and are spreading into the countryside. Kenya has committed to deploy 1,000 police officers to train and assist the Haitian police to restore normalcy in the country.

In August, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council that the conditions were unsuitable for a UN peacekeeping deployment. To destroy gangs and restore order, Guterres added, “police special forces and military support units” are needed.

President Biden commended Ruto for joining the Caribbean community in its quest for peace and desire to ease the pain of the Haitian people during the official beginning of the 78th Session of the General Debate at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York.

“The Caribbean community promotes dialogue within Haitian society.” “I thank Kenyan President William Ruto for his willingness to lead a UN-backed security support mission,” he said.

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