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Haiti’s Martelly to Attend Inauguration of Dominican Republic’s Medina

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - August 15, 2012

Above: Dominican Republic President-Elect Danilo Medina

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Haiti President Michel Martelly will be heading to the Dominican Republic this week to attend the inauguration of new Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina.

The visit, which begins Wednesday, will include talks with his counterpart from Honduras, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, to discuss issues of “bilateral cooperation,” according to the National Palace, along with a meeting with Medina.

Martelly will also attend a dinner hosted by outgoing Dominican President Leonel Fernandez.

Medina took office in late May, with his Dominican Liberation Party defeating former President Hipolito Mejia of the Dominican Revolutionary Party.

Fernandez’ wife, Margarita Cedeño de Fernandez, was elected as the country’s new vice president in the May vote.

Last month, Medina said he would make a Free Trade Agreement with Haiti, the Dominican Republic’s neighbour on Hispaniola, a priority.

The bilateral talks fulfill a pledge made by Medina in May.

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