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Haitian Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph speaks during a press conference on July 16 in Port-au-Prince. Photo: VALERIE BAERISWYL/AFP via Getty Images

Diplomats making up the international Core Group, which includes the United States, called on Ariel Henry, the man slated to succeed Jovenel Moïse, to form a new government in Haiti, according to a statement released on Saturday.

Why it matters: Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph has assumed the acting presidency following Moïse’s assassination though he and Henry are two of four who have claimed such power, underscoring the depth of the country’s democratic and political crisis.

  • Moïse announced Henry, a politician and neurosurgeon, as his replacement the day before he was murdered.
  • Nonetheless, Joseph has the support of members of the Haitian police force and the military, according to the AP.
  • Joseph and his backers contend that Henry is not in charge because he was never sworn in, per AP.

What they're saying: "The Core Group (made up of Ambassadors from Germany, Brazil, Canada, Spain, the United States of America, France, the European Union, Special Representative of the Organization of American States and Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations) calls for the formation of a consensual and inclusive government," according to the statement.

  • "To this end, it strongly encourages the Prime Minister designate Ariel Henry to continue the mission entrusted to him to form such a government," the group wrote, adding:
  • "The members of the group express the wish that all political, economic and civil society actors in the country fully support the authorities in their efforts to restore security..."

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Former Haiti envoy says he learned of deportations "on the news"

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The former special envoy for Haiti said Thursday that he learned of the deportations of thousands of Haitians seeking shelter in the Texas border town of Del Rio "on the news just like the rest of us."

The backdrop: Ambassador Daniel Foote's remarks come two weeks after he resigned from his post over the use of a Trump-era public health order to rapidly expel migrants staying in a temporary camp under the international bridge in Del Rio.

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A U.S. delegation will meet with "senior Taliban representatives" in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday and Sunday, a State Department spokesperson confirmed to Axios.

Why it matters: It will be the first in-person meeting at a senior level since the Taliban reclaimed Afghanistan.

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Iran agrees to resume Vienna nuclear talks in November

Ali Bagheri (R) with Enrique Mora in Tehran on Oct. 14. Photo: Iranian Foreign Ministry handout via Getty

Iran's new chief nuclear negotiator said following a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday that Iran would resume negotiations in Vienna before the end of November, with the exact date to be set next week.

Why it matters: The Vienna talks have been frozen since Iran's new hardline president, Ebrahim Raisi, was elected in June. This is the most direct commitment from Raisi's government to return to the negotiating table.