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Haitian Presidency Denies Upcoming Visit by Iran's Ahmadinejad

WASHINGTON, D.C. (defend.ht) - Members of the Haitian presidential delegation in Panama, denied on Monday that a visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Haiti would occur in the coming weeks.

It was well spread around the internet on Monday that the controversial Ahmadinejad would be welcomed by President Michel Martelly on March 9 and would give $600 million [US] to the Haitian president.

On Monday evening, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Lamothe, in Panama, denied any plans of an upcoming visit to Frantz Duval of Le Nouvelliste.

Prime Minister Garry Conille, leading a delegation in Washington D.C., was asked about the visit and questioned the veracity of the story.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had made a visit to Latin America a few weeks ago, visiting member nations of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas (ALBA), Venezuela and Cuba.

President Michel Martelly leans towards seeing Haiti become a full member of ALBA, but said he would consult with his political team, who will then have to seek ratification from parliament. Martelly has made plans to welcome ALBA leaders to Haiti in later February or early March.

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