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U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday said he was “shocked and saddened” by the “horrific assassination” of President Jovenel Moïse of Haiti.
“We are shocked and saddened to hear of the horrific assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and the attack on First Lady Martine Moïse of Haiti,” Biden said in a statement. “We condemn this heinous act, and I am sending my sincere wishes for First Lady Moïse’s recovery.”
He said “the United States offers condolences to the people of Haiti, and we stand ready to assist as we continue to work for a safe and secure Haiti.”
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President Moïse was assassinated in his home on Wednesday morning and the First Lady was also shot but survived, the government said.