Taiwan condemns assassination of Haitian president, stands with Haitians

07/07/2021 08:46 PM
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Late Haitian President Moise Jovenel Moïse is pictured during his visit to Taiwan in May, 2018. CNA file photo
Late Haitian President Moise Jovenel Moïse is pictured during his visit to Taiwan in May, 2018. CNA file photo

Taipei, July 7 (CNA) Taiwan's government on Wednesday condemned the assassination of Haitian President Moise Jovenel Moïse, who was killed at his private residence late Tuesday.

"We're deeply shocked and grieved by the assassination of President Moïse and the wounding of the first lady," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a tweet.

"The government and people of Taiwan condemn such senseless violence and stand in solidarity with Haiti at this difficult time," it added.

The MOFA statement was released after the government of the Caribbean ally on Wednesday said its leader was assassinated by a group of unidentified people who breached his private residence.

Moïse's wife, First Lady Martine Moïse, is hospitalized, interim Premier Claude Joseph said.

Joseph condemned what he called a "hateful, inhumane and barbaric act," adding that Haiti's National Police and other authorities had the situation in the country under control.

Haiti is one of Taiwan's 15 diplomatic allies. Both countries celebrated the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations in April.

Moïse last visited Taiwan in 2018 for a 5-day state visit.

Asked to comment, MOFA spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) said Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) telephoned the Haitian ambassador to Taiwan Roudy Stanley Penn after learning of the incident to express condolences over the death of the Haitian leader on behalf of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).

MOFA is closely monitoring the political unrest in Haiti, Ou said, while expressing hope that the country can restore peace as soon as possible.

(By Chung Yu-chen and Joseph Yeh)

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