Washington, DC – Representative Gregory W. Meeks, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement in response to the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse:

“I extend my condolences to the family of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and keep first lady Martine Moïse in my prayers for a speedy recovery. The spiral of violence and political assassinations are a threat to democracy in Haiti. My thoughts go out to the Haitian people as we all hope for a return to peace and stability. I will do everything I can to support a thorough investigation to ensure that those involved are held accountable.

“The next few days are critical for Haiti. In these difficult times, I call on all parties to remain calm and maintain respect for the rule of law. I urge the Haitian government to do everything it can to ensure a peaceful transition of power.

“Finally, I call on the international community to come together and show solidarity and respect for the Haitian people. Today’s tragic and heartbreaking event reminds us that we owe Haiti – one of the first independent countries in our region – our focus and support as it navigates a way forward.”