Mathias Pierre, Haiti’s minister of elections, announced Friday that the Haitian government had requested the US to deploy troops to the island nation to protect key infrastructure after the Biden administration offered the country aid in the wake of the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse earlier this week.
Earlier, both US and Haitian officials told reporters they could not confirm whether such a request had been made or not, but on Friday afternoon Pierre told the New York Times that “urban terrorists” like those who shot the president to death in his home on Wednesday posed a continuing danger to civil assets.
The troops would also be asked to protect Haiti’s port, airport, and energy facilities.
Pierre later told CNN the request was for a limited number of troops – approximately 500.
Reuters also revealed on Friday that a letter from Haiti to the United Nations requested a deployment of international troops “to support the efforts of the national police aiming to restablish security and public order in the whole territory,” including defending infrastructure.
On Thursday, Edmond Bocchit, Haiti’s ambassador to the US, told France 24 that that the Haitian National Police (PNH) had been “overwhelmed and facing well-armed gangs” and welcomed any assistance that would allow the restoration of orderly life.
Earlier on Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at a…