British embassy reopens in Haiti after 47 years
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Britain reopened its embassy in Haiti on Wednesday after being absent for nearly a half century, a part of an effort to broaden its diplomatic and business presence in the Western Hemisphere.
The new two-person mission will be housed at the Canadian Embassy in Port-au-Prince. The ambassador is Mr Steven Fisher, who is already the British envoy to the neighbouring Dominican Republic. He will continue to live and work in the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo.
Britain opened an embassy in El Salvador late last year and another will be reopened in Paraguay in July as part of a push by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to strength British diplomacy in Latin America and the Caribbean.
A new British consulate was opened in late 2011 in the Brazilian city of Recife. There was already a full embassy in Brazil's capital of Brasilia and consulates in the leading cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.