Canada Pulls Out Some Staff From Haiti Embassy

Justice Minister Liszt Quitel speaks about the current situation of the country during a press conference at the Superior Council of the National Police (CSPN), on November 09, 2021 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Photo by Richard PIERRIN / AFP) (Photo by RICHARD PIERRIN/AFP via Getty Images)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Fri. Nov. 12, 2021 (Reuters) – The Canadian government said on Thursday it was temporarily withdrawing non-essential personnel from its embassy in Haiti, citing a rapidly deteriorating security situation in the country.

“Global Affairs Canada is temporarily withdrawing non-essential Canadian employees as well as family members of Canadian embassy staff from Haiti,” the government said in a statement, adding that essential staff will continue to support Canadians in Haiti.

The news comes as one Canadian missionary remains among 17 kidnapped by a major gang in Haiti and as gangs across Port-Au-Prince create a major fuel crisis as they urge the current prime minister to step down.

(Reporting by Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)