Demonstrators fill the streets during a protest to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, in the Petion-Ville area of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, October 3, 2022.
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The Biden administration dispatched a high-level delegation to Port-au-Prince Wednesday following the Haitian prime minister’s and UN secretary-general’s requests for assistance to address the nation’s humanitarian and security crises.

A US senior administration official said that the US officials, led by Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Brian Nichols, would discuss the request put forward by Prime Minister Ariel Henry last week for international support as the nation grapples with a cholera outbreak, shortages of food and fuel, widespread protests, and unchecked gang violence.

On Sunday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the international community “to consider as of matter of urgency the request by the Haitian Government for the immediate deployment of an international specialized armed force.”

State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Wednesday the US is reviewing that request, although the US official said Wednesday it is “premature to talk about a US security presence” inside of Haiti.