By: Alyssa Wilson
On Thursday, the Biden administration announced the appointment of a special envoy to help promote peace in Haiti after the assassination of former President Jovenel Moïse on July 7.
Daniel Foote, a member of the Senior Foreign Service, was appointed to the role by the State Department, CNBC reported. He will engage with partners in Haiti to promote the country’s stability and will support its efforts to hold free and fair elections.
According to a statement from the State Department, “He will also work with partners to coordinate assistance efforts in several areas, including humanitarian, security and investigative assistance. Additionally, the Special Envoy will engage stakeholders in civil society and the private sector as we pursue Haitian-led solutions to the many pressing challenges facing Haiti.”
The mission to promote stability in Haiti will not be easy as the nation shifts in political power. Claude Joseph, who became the acting prime minister after Moïse’s assassination, stepped down earlier this week and handed power to Ariel Henry.
Henry will now serve as Haiti’s prime minister, and Joseph will go back to his original role as the country’s foreign minister, according to Elections Minister Mathias Pierre. “Negotiations about the composition of the rest of government are still in course, there is no official announcement as of now,” he said.
Foote will work with Michele Sison, the U.S. ambassador to Haiti, to coordinate efforts. Last week, President Biden announced he would not send U.S. troops.
Before this new appointment, Special Envoy Foote was the deputy chief of mission in Haiti and a U.S. ambassador in Zambia. According to CNBC, he was recalled from his role in Zambia after criticizing the imprisonment of a gay couple in the conservative country.