The Under Secretary of the United States Department of State, Wendy Sherman, will arrive this Wednesday in the Dominican Republic during his official visit, in which, in addition to strengthening ties between the two nations, will also address the “urgent situation” of Haitia country plunged into a structural crisis awaiting international military aid, which to date has not materialized.
In his meetings with President Luis Abinader, Minister Roberto Álvarez and other Dominican officials, Sherman will reinforce “strong and enduring bilateral ties on a wide range of issues, including the urgent situation in Haiti,” according to a State Department statement.
The agenda also includes Dominican civil society, with which he has scheduled meetings with alumni of the US Government scholarship and leadership programs.
Sherman’s visit follows that of the Special Presidential Advisor for the Americas, Chris Dodd, who participated in the Ibero-American Summit on March 25 as a guest of President Abinader, the note highlights.
The Dominican Republic is part of a diplomatic agenda that also includes New Orleans, Louisiana, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, from April 10 to 14.
The travel alert
The visit of Wendy Shermanwho has served as Undersecretary of the State Department since April 2021, occurs at a time when Foreign Minister Roberto Álvarez asked the US government for an explanation of the travel alert issued by his embassy in Santo Domingo last November for its citizens of Afro-American origin about the increase in the operations of the General Directorate of Migration (DGM).
The diplomatic mission said in the statement that the actions may lead to “increased interaction” with Dominican authorities, especially for darker-skinned Americans and those of African descent.
The Dominican government has not received “neither before nor after” evidence to justify the immigration alert launched by the US State Department, Álvarez stated in a letter sent to his US counterpart, Antony Blinken, and that they would have received at least four American representatives.
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