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Daniel Foote. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The State Department on Thursday announced the appointment of Daniel Foote as special envoy to Haiti, as the country deals with the fallout of the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.

Driving the news: Foote, a career diplomat, will work to "facilitate long-term peace and stability and support efforts to hold free and fair presidential and legislative elections,” said State Department spokesperson Ned Price in a statement.

  • Foote will also work alongside U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Michele Sison to lead U.S. diplomatic efforts. The pair will work closely with the National Security Council to support Haiti in the aftermath of Moïse's killing.
  • He will help lead efforts to provide Haiti with "humanitarian, security, and investigative assistance,” per the statement. The U.S. is helping Haitian authorities with their probe into Moïse’s murder.

Foote has previously served as deputy chief of Mission in Haiti and as the U.S. Ambassador to Zambia.

What they're saying: "Special Envoy Foote brings extensive diplomatic experience to this role – including as Deputy Chief of Mission in Haiti and as the U.S. Ambassador to Zambia," Price wrote in the statement.

  • "The Department congratulates Special Envoy Foote as he takes on his new role and thanks him for his continued service to his country."

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