A group of US safety and regulation enforcement specialists is touring to Haiti to find out what help Washington can present following the assassination of the Haitian president final week, the Pentagon stated on Sunday.
“Today, an inter-agency team largely from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are heading down to Haiti right now to see what we can to do help in the investigative process,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby advised “Fox News Sunday.”
“That’s really where our energies are best applied right now – in helping them get their arms around investigating this incident and figuring out who’s culpable … and how best to hold them accountable,” Kirby stated within the interview.
President Joe Biden can be briefed by the group when it returns and “then make decisions about the way forward,” a senior Biden administration official advised Reuters individually.
Haiti has sought U.S. assist in securing the nation and investigating the assault that killed President Jovenel Moise on Wednesday at his Port-au-Prince house and plunged the impoverished island nation additional into turmoil. Haitian authorities have stated two Haitian Americans had been among the many suspected assassins.
It was not instantly clear how lengthy the U.S. group would stay in Haiti. The administration official stated on Sunday that Washington would additionally seek the advice of with its regional companions and the United Nations.
The United States has thus far rebuffed Haiti’s request for troops, whereas the United Nations would want Security Council authorization to ship armed forces.
Kirby stated: “We’re analyzing it just like we would any other request for assistance at the Pentagon. It’s going through a review.”
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