Washington, DC - Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Counselor of the Department of State, will travel to Haiti January 6. He will be accompanied by Haiti Special Coordinator and Deputy Assistant Secretary Kenneth Merten. Their visit takes place in the context of ongoing efforts in Haiti to complete the electoral process. The elections will allow a new government and parliament to address the other challenges Haiti faces in achieving economic growth and sustainable development.


Ambassador Shannon will discuss the importance of Haiti as a long-standing partner of the United States. In consultation with representatives from various sectors, Ambassador Shannon will reaffirm the broad-based nature of the bilateral relationship and U.S. support for Haiti's social, economic, and political development.