Jeff Fortenberry

07/23/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/23/2021 16:07

Press Release: Gunfire Interrupts Honoring Haitian President

(WASHINGTON DC)-- Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01) issued the following statement today following his return from Haiti.

'Today I traveled as a part of a Presidential Delegation to attend the funeral of Haitian President Moise, who was assassinated 17 days ago,' Fortenberry said

'America and Haiti have a long-standing relationship and our desire was to stand in solidarity with the Haitian people in this time of great suffering. The ceremony was held on the Moise family compound in Cap-Haitien. Unfortunately, due to the tense conditions on the ground, and after hearing nearby gunshots, we had to quickly evacuate.

'The Haitian people deserve stable governance, and healthy prospects for their future. We were encouraged by our conversations with the new Prime Minister and Opposition Leaders who voice commitment to working together.

'The delegation included U.N. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Congressman Greg Meeks (NY-05), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. All members of the Presidential Delegation have arrived safely back in the United States.

'We continue to express our solidarity to the Haitian people in their time of national mourning,' Fortenberry added.