Haiti restates interest for AU associate member status

The Haiti Prime Minister visited his Ivorian counterpart.

Haitian Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe, in Abidjan on Thursday restated the country’s interest to take up an associate member status in the African Union (AU).

Haiti had in February 2012 signalled its interest to upgrade its observer status to a full associate member in the Pan-African body.

Mr. Lamothe, who spoke during a working meeting with his Ivorian counterpart, Daniel Duncan, said that `Haiti is interested in coming back to its root’.

“Haiti is Africa in the Caribbean, being an associate member of the AU brings us close to our root.

“Haiti is still awaiting admission into AU as an associate member because we are closer to Africa; we want to be part of this union,” he said.

The Haitian Prime Minister arrived Abidjan on Thursday for a three-day official visit to Cote d’Ivoire.

The Ivorian Prime Minister said that Haiti’s acceptance in AU would be a huge reward following the country’s support for the independence of some African countries.

“As a country, Côte d’Ivoire has always felt close to Haiti, we also intend to maintain this closeness and make it mutually beneficial,” he said.

The two countries had signed two cooperation agreements while several draft agreements were undergoing discussions.

The draft agreements would be signed during a joint High Commission meeting of the two countries billed to hold soon.

Haiti, a Caribbean country, was in January 2012 hit by an earthquake that claimed no fewer than 3,000 persons.


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