Above: Haiti President Michel Martelly (Photo: OP Haiti)
By the Caribbean Journal staff
Haiti President Michel Martelly will meet next week with United States President Barack Obama in Washington, the United States government announced.
It will be the first official meeting between the two; Martelly has met with US Vice President Joe Biden and held several phone calls with him, with the meeting coming in Port of Spain last summer during the context of the CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government meeting.
The talks will take place at the White House on Thursday, according to the United States Embassy in Haiti.
The agenda of the meeting has not yet been announced, although Martelly could raise the issue of his proposal for a high-level conference between the United States and CARICOM, similar to others held between CARICOM and Cuba, the United Kingdom and other states.
Martelly first broached that idea at last year’s CARICOM Heads of Government summit in Port-au-Prince, a summit attended by US Attorney General Eric Holder.