The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has expressed shock at the tragic developments in Haiti with the assassination of the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse earlier this morning.
The Office of the Prime Minister posted:
We offer our deepest condolences to the family of President Moïse and to the Government and People of Haiti, our brothers and sisters in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on this most distressing occurrence.
Trinidad and Tobago pledges to work together with our CARICOM colleagues and other hemispheric and international partners to support Haiti at this very difficult time.
President Moise’s home in Port-au-Prince was stormed by unidentified armed men at 01:00 local time.
First Lady Martine Moïse was injured in the attack.
The country’s interim prime minister, Claude Joseph, has now taken control of the impoverished Caribbean nation, and has urged the public to remain calm.
He called the shooting of the president a “heinous, inhuman and barbaric act”.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted that he was “shocked and saddened at the death of Mr Moïse”, calling it “an abhorrent act” and appealing for calm. The White House called the killing a “horrific crime”.
The neighbouring Dominican Republic ordered the “immediate closure” of its border with Haiti.