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Biden is visiting Ottawa this week. Concerns about Haiti are at the top of the agenda

President Biden is set to make his first trip to Canada as president on Thursday, a visit where the security crisis in Haiti will loom large on the agenda.

Fear and violence grip the island nation where heavily armed gangs have taken control. The United Nations has called for international peacekeepers to bolster the country’s beleaguered police force.

The United States has suggested that Canada lead such a multinational mission, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has recently expressed reservations.

Biden and Trudeau last met in person in January at the North American Leaders’ Summit in Mexico City. During that trip, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Biden would talk to Trudeau about leading an effort to shore up Haiti’s national police.

“The United States believes that finding a country to help lead that effort is important,” Sullivan told reporters, calling it “a significant priority” for the trip. “Canada itself has expressed interest in taking on a leadership role.”

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