Haitian president praises Kamla’s ‘kindness’

 HAITIAN President Michel Martelly has thanked Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar for “numerous acts of kindess” and yesterday vowed to continue to strengthen ties with Trinidad and Tobago.

In a statement, Martelly also expressed gratitude for Persad-Bissessar’s role in ensuring that he and his wife were able to attend the State funeral of late former South African president Nelson Mandela on December 15. 

“With my return to Haiti, I take great pleasure in expressing to you, on my behalf, and on behalf of my wife Sophia as well as the Haitian delegation that accompanied us, my sincerest appreciation for the great consideration you showed to us in graciously placing at our disposal a Caribbean Airlines flight for our travel to Johannesburg, with the Trinidad and Tobago and Bahamian delegations, in order to attend the State funeral for Nelson Mandela,” said Martelly.

“I do not know how to fully express to you our appreciation for the numerous acts of kindness you have shown to us and for which we are most grateful, kindness which was amply demonstrated in the manner in which we were treated during our journey,” he said. “During our State visit to your magnificent country, I experienced, on many occasions, your excellent hosting capabilities. And on every occasion on which we have had the opportunity to meet, a point is added to the measure of your sophistication and your high-class personality.”

Martelly extended best wishes to the people of Trinidad and Tobago and said:

“I will continue to proceed in a manner consistent with strengthening the increasing ties of friendship between Trinidad and Tobago and the Republic of Haiti through the enhancement of the cooperation between our countries, as it develops within diverse regional institutions to which you and I remain very attached.”

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