NASSAU, Bahamas – The Bahamas and the Republic of Haiti signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the waiver of visas for holders of diplomatic and official passports Wednesday.
Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon Brent Symonette signed on behalf of The Bahamas and Ambassador Louis Harold Joseph on behalf of the Republic of Haiti.
“This Memorandum of Understanding is a reciprocal agreement providing for the waiver of visa requirement for diplomats and officials from both countries,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs. “This waiver will also facilitate the closer collaboration between our two countries, as both Haitian and Bahamian diplomats and officials can travel to the respective country without a visa.
“This ease of travel by our diplomats and officials is a sign of the deepening of our relationship and a further strengthening of the bonds that have shaped the social and historical development of the two countries.”
Mr Symonette thanked the Haitian Ambassador for his work in assisting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in fostering relations between both countries, which he considered to be “working as smoothly as possible and we look forward to 2009 being a very productive year.”
Ambassador Joseph said Haiti was “very grateful” for the assistance The Bahamas has provided over the years, particularly the Bahamas’ recent donation of $500,000 which he said will go towards Haitians rebuilding their lives after several devastating hurricanes this year.