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Canada pledges $39 million for Haiti after international community meeting

TORONTO— At a top international level Meet Canada hosted on the crisis in Haiti, participants pledged millions to increase aid for security and other projects in Haiti, the Associated press reported.

Foreign ministers from more than a dozen countries — including the United States, France and Mexico — and United Nations officials attended the three-hour virtual meeting on January 21. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry, US Under-Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian were also present.

“The increase in violence only worsens the already precarious humanitarian situation,” Trudeau said ahead of the closed-door meeting. “We must work together to restore stability and to protect the security and well-being of the Haitian people.”

Canada has pledged C$50 million, or about US$39 million, in aid. Other countries have pledged to improve Haiti’s security to support efforts to hold successful elections.

The nations also pledged to bolster Haiti’s national police as it responds to spikes in violence, brazen gangs carrying out kidnappings and at least 20,000 residents left homeless due to turf wars. Foreign ministers also expressed deep concern about Haiti’s instability since the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.