The United States will send a representative to Haiti to set the conditions for a "free and fair" election.

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The State Department announced on Thursday the appointment of Daniel Foote as a special envoy for the island, which will have the objective of "facilitating long-term peace and stability" in the country.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blankenship spoke by telephone Thursday with Haiti's new prime minister, Ariel Henry, about the importance of setting the conditions for an "independent" legislature and presidential presidency as soon as possible. Stressed Elections. And fair.

In a statement, State Department spokesman Ned Price gave an account of the conversation. Blinken reiterated Washington's commitment to supporting the people of Haiti after the "atrocious" assassination of the president of that country, Jovenel Moise, occurred in the early morning of July 7.

The head of US diplomacy also expressed to Henry - who took office on Tuesday, a day after the resignation of interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph - the need to "seek a broad political and civil society consensus on the government's priorities."

For his part, Blinken referred on his Twitter account to the dialogue he had with the Haitian prime minister and described it as a "pleasure" has talked about how the government of the US president, Joe Biden, can "support Haiti to face their pressing challenges."

The Secretary of State added that the United States is committed to working with the Haitian government to meet the needs of the Haitian people and to support democratic institutions in Haiti.

The US State Department announced on Thursday the appointment of Daniel Foote, a career diplomat, as a special envoy for Haiti, who will have the objective of "facilitating long-term peace and stability" in the country.

Price explained that Foote would have to engage with the United States' Haitian and international partners to support "free" and "fair" presidential and legislative elections in Haiti.

Price said he would also work with partners to coordinate efforts to help in various areas, including humanitarian and security. In addition, Foote "will work with stakeholders from civil society and the private sector to seek solutions led by Haiti itself to the challenges facing the country."

During his inauguration speech on Tuesday, Henry promised to promote a "sincere" dialogue with the opposition and other civil society sectors to seek a solution to the crisis unleashed by the murder of Moïse.

In addition, he said that he would focus on creating the conditions for the organization of the elections, which are "non-negotiable ."

Last June, the electoral authorities of Haiti announced that a referendum to approve a new Constitution, a project promoted by Moïse, would take place on September 26, on the same date as the presidential and legislative elections.

This Thursday, a mass was celebrated in the Cap-Haitien Cathedral, in the north of Haiti, in honor of Moise, whose funeral will be held tomorrow in that city.

"Too much blood is being shed in Haiti," said a priest during the religious service honoring Moïse, as authorities warned there would be more violence before the funeral.

Father Jean-Gilles Sem spoke to dozens of people wearing white T-shirts decorated with Moïse's portrait. "Stop the murders and kidnappings," he said, highlighting that poor populations are the most affected. "We are tired."

On the island's north coast, the cathedral in Cap Haitien was barely half full, and authorities warned they could cancel events scheduled for the following hours for fear of violence.

Moïse supporters interrupted the mass with shouts and accusations that the elite killed the president.

A man who identified himself as John Jovie, who was with others, said there would be more violence if wealthy members of the Port-au-Prince elite attended the ceremonies.

"We ask you not to come to the funeral," he said. "If they come, we will cut off their heads . We will take our weapons from hiding ... We want justice for Moïse".

At the moment, 26 people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the assassination, and there are at least seven policemen "in isolation," although not formally detained, for their alleged involvement in the case.